Welcome to American English Conversation: Lesson 29. In this lesson you have 1 discussion topic to encourage conversation beyond this activity as well as a dialogue to practice, read, translate, pronounce in English, and read along with the video. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your listening, reading, pronunciation, and communication skills in English. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Part 1: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

Hello, students. Today’s conversation topic is “Can You Say That Again”. Sometimes during conversations you are asked to repeat yourself to be better understood by others. Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re on the phone talking to a colleague who doesn’t understand clearly what you’re saying. What would you say to your colleague? What would your colleague say to you?
— You’re on your cell phone in a bad reception area and your colleague asks you to repeat yourself since she can’t hear you clearly. What would you say to your colleague? What would your colleague say to you?
— You’re at the airport, calling your family. Your family can’t hear you well because of the noise in the airport. What would you say to your family? What would your family say to you?
It’s important to stay calm and communicate slowly and clearly when someone asks you to repeat yourself. Sometimes, people can’t hear you clearly and you have to help them understand.

PART 2 — DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogue below in English, then translate it and read it in your primary language.

Dialog 7: Can You Say That Again?

  • Luke:    Hello? Hi, Stephanie, how are things at the office?
  • Stephanie: Hi, Luke! How are you? Can you please stop and pick up extra paper for the computer printer?
  • Luke:    What did you say? Can you repeat that, please? Did you say to pick up ink for the printer? Sorry, the phone is cutting out.
  • Stephanie: Can you hear me now? No, I need more computer paper. Listen, I’ll text you exactly what I need. Thanks, Luke. Talk to you later.
  • Luke:    Thanks, Stephanie. Sorry, my phone has really bad reception here.

PART 3 — DIRECTIONS: Watch, read-along, and pronounce with the video below a minimum of 2-3 times. After you finish, let us know what you learned via the comments section below.

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