Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

how to use I mean in English

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.



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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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