How to check your understanding

At times it may be difficult to find the right answer to a question. You may not have understood what you were asked, or perhaps you just need to clarify something before responding. Having a selection of useful phrases at your fingertips will help you when forming an answer and will also help you communicate in French without having to resort to English.

Asking someone to repeat

A man holding up a megaphone and a woman is listening
FrenchEnglish
Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît ? Could you repeat, please? NOTE: Using the conditional tense is more formal and polite
Pouvez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît ?Please can you repeat that?
Pouvez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît ? Can you speak slower, please?
Je ne comprends pas…I don’t understand…
Je n’ai pas compris, pouvez-vous répéter?I didn’t understand that - can you repeat?
Qu'est-ce que vous voulez dire ?What do you mean?