ClASSROOM LANGUAGE

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Hesitation
1) Uh . . .
2) Well, um . . .
3) Let's see.
4) Let me think.
5) How should I put it?
6) That's a good question.
7) I'll have to think about that.

Clarification: Others
8) Sorry, but I don't see what you mean.
9) Could you be more specific?
10) Could you explain that in more detail?
11) Do you mean . . . ?
12) What do you mean by . . . ?
13) If I understand you correctly, . . . .
14) What you're saying is . . . .
15) Are you sure? (careful)

Clarification: Self
16) What I mean is . . . .
17) What I meant was . . . .
18) Let me put it (say it) another way.
19) What I'm saying is . . . .
20) What I'm trying to say is . . . .
21) In other words, . . . .
22) I didn't mean to say that.

Interruptions
23) Pardon/excuse me, but. . . .
24) Sorry/Excuse me for interrupting, but . . . .
25) May I ask a question?
26) May I add something?
27) I'd like to comment on that.
28) I'd like to say something here.
29) Could I just jump in here?
30) What about . . . ?

Refusing Interruptions
31) Please let me finish.
32) Just let me finish my point; I'll get back to you.
33) I'd like to finish what I was saying.
34) Could I just finish my point?

Resuming After An Interruptions
35) In any case, . . . .
36) One last point, . . . .
37) To return to X, . . . .
38) To get back to X, . . . .
39) Anyway, . . . .
40) Where was I?

Making Suggestions
41) May I make a suggestion?
42) Don't you think . . . ?
43) Wouldn't you say (agree or think) . . . ?
44) Wouldn't it be better if . . . ?
45) Why don't you try . . . ?
46) You might want to consider. . . .
47) Are you sure . . . ? (careful)
48) Let's . . . .
49) Perhaps we could . . . .
50) Why not . . . ?
51) How about . . . ?
52) I suggest that we . . . .

Asking for Suggestions
53) Do you have any suggestions?
54) What do you think?
55) What would you do?
56) What should I do?

Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions
57) That's a good point (idea, approach)
58) Thanks for reminding me.
59) Yes, why don't we try that?
60) I want to think about that
61) I hadn't thought about that.
62) That's a good idea, but . . . .
63) That would be great, except. . . .
64) Yes, but don't forget . . . .
65) Yes, but keep in mind . . . .
66) Yes, but consider . . . .
67) Possibly, but . . . .
68) Well, the problem is . . . .

Giving an Opinion
69) I think. . . .
70) I believe . . . .
71) In my opinion, . . . .
72) As far as I'm concerned. . . .
73) Personally, I think . . . .
74) It seems to me that . . . .

Asking about Agreement
75) Do you agree?
76) Don't you agree?
77) Wouldn't you agree?
78) Don't you think so?

Agreeing and Disagreeing
79) That's a good point.
80) I (completely) agree (with you).
81) That's true.
82) That makes sense.
83) I think so, too.
84) I couldn't agree more.
85) That's not how I see it.
86) I don't really agree with you.
87) I'm afraid I can't agree with you.
88) I'm not sure I quite agree with you.
89) Yes, that may be true, but . . . .
90) Well, you have a point, but . . . .
91) I can see your point, but . . . .
92) I see what you mean, but . . . .
93) Do you see it that way? I think . . . .


CLASSROOM LANGUAGE

A) Can you say that again please?
B) Could you repeat that please?
C) Could you speak slower please?
D) Could you speak louder please?
E) How do you spell …..?
F) How do you pronounce this word ?
G) What does ……… mean?
H) I’m sorry, I don’t understand?
I) I’m sorry, I don’t know.
J) Can you help me please?
K) Is this right?
L) May I please be excused?
M) Can I ask you a question?

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