Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you ever say “what??!!” when you don’t understand or when you don’t hear someone? Stop saying it!

When you say “what?!” it’s too direct and it’s rude.

When an American person hears you say this they might feel offended or step back and they might prefer not to speak with you. So stop saying it!

What can you say instead?



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How to ask for repetition:

  • “Can you say that again?”
  • “Pardon?”
  • “Come again?”
  • “What was that?”
  • “One more time?”
  • “Excuse me?” (listen to the episode to learn the correct intonation)
  • “Sorry?”
  • “Could you repeat that?”


Try these phrases instead of saying “what??!!” the next time you don’t understand what someone says!

Next, learn how to be charismatic in English.


Good luck and be sure to keep practicing!


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