Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

What do you say in English when someone states their opinion and you want to show that you understand them?

Do you know how to show someone that you are hearing and understanding them in the middle of a conversation?

This is an important way to build the connection.

It’s huge part of being charismatic at work as well.

“Hi ladies, thanks for another piece of art you produced by recording this episode. I have an idea for the next episode. As far as I know, the phrase “I understand where you’re coming from” is close to “got it” or “I see” and at the same time it’s a little bit different. I would love to hear your beautiful voices explaining this and examples.” – Sergei, AEE Listener


The phrase: “I understand where you’re coming from”

What does it mean? It means “I know what you mean.”

How is it different from “I got it” or “I see”? These phrases are more about understanding facts but when you say “I understand where you’re coming from” you are acknowledging someone’s feelings about something.

There is more empathy involved and it builds the connection better.

We think this is a great phrase to use when you want to support someone because we believe in Connection as our #1 value.


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Other ways to empathize:

  • “I see what you mean”
  • “I know what you’re saying
  • “I catch your drift”
  • “I see your point” (this is better in a debate, for more objective and less emotion-based points)
  • “I know where you’re coming from”
  • “I see what you’re getting at.” (this means that you see what someone is hinting at or trying to imply)


What is the communication style in your culture when it comes to listening to people?

Do you cut into a conversation when you have something to say?

Do you wait and acknowledge what someone has said and then start speaking?

You can get ahead in business and in your social life if you use these phrases to make people feel heard.

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