Huh?


Sometimes, despite all your study and practice, you might have trouble understanding someone when in a conversation with a native speaker. There are several ways to ask for clarification.
On the very casual end you can use phrases like:

huh?”,

What was that?”,

Excuse me?”.

But you have to be careful with these phrases as they imply that the speaker wasn’t clear. These can sound rude in the wrong situation.

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“Excuse me, where is the library?”
“Huh?”


For listener problems it’s best to use more polite phrases that make it clear that the speaker isn’t making the error.

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“Pardon?” Is ok, but doesn’t identify your own problem.
Start with an apology, identify your problem and make a polite request.

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I’m sorry, you spoke too fast for me, could you please repeat that?

“I’m sorry, you spoke too fast for me, could you please repeat that?”

 

Note: “I’m sorry, you spoke too fast, could you repeat that?” is bad because you are saying they made the mistake.
Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Could you say it again?

“Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Could you say it again?”

Is more casual but acceptable.

 

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