AEE 722: How, Why, and When Natives Use “Huh” in English Conversations

English native speakers use huh in conversation

Do you sometimes hear native speakers using the term “huh” as a question or as a way of looking for agreement at the end of a statement?

This is a common phrase that you can add to your vocabulary to sound more natural and to connect more easily with native speakers.

In today’s episode we’ll show you exactly how we use it and how you can use it too.

Here is an example of how natives use huh:

M: How was your weekend, Lindsay?

L: It was great! I went on a long hike.

M: Awesome! Wow, you love hiking, huh!

L: You know it!

 

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Two ways that natives use “huh”:

 

1) When you are stating a fact you’re pretty sure is true.

“You have been working pretty hard lately, huh?”

Make your assumed statement+huh (intonation)

Do NOT say: “Have you been working pretty hard lately, huh?”

 

2) When you don’t hear or understand someone’s question.

  • “Did you eat the rest of the pizza?”
  • “Huh? Can you say that again?”

 

3) When you’re stumped or surprised about something.

“Hmm. This computer just won’t turn on. Huh. Okay, let’s take it into the shop.”

 

Listen to the episode for more details and to hear more examples.

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