Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you ever hear native speakers starting a sentence with “I mean…”?

You have probably heard this a bunch of times. We do it all of the time.

Today you’ll find out how to use “I mean” the way that native English speakers do.

When do we use “I mean”?

  • It’s a filler word. It could be used in place of “Um” or “Uh.”
  • It can be used to explain something
  • It can be used to introduce an idea
  • It can be used to emphasize what we want to say when we want people to listen

Other words that mean something similar:

  • “Well…”
  • “Um…”
  • “Honestly,…”
  • “Truthfully,…”
  • “Well I mean….”
  • “Honestly I mean…”

*Listen to the role play between Lindsay and Michelle to see how “I mean” is used naturally.

Let us know your questions or comments below!

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