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【DSE 英文】DSE Speaking Tips 4 – Difficult Questions: Asking for Help

If you don’t understand the question, here are some phrases you can use to ask for clarification: to check what a difficult part of the the question means.

This is better than asking the examiner to repeat the question, or just guessing the answer.

Phrases to learn in this lesson:

  • Sorry, do you mean…
  • When you say […], do you mean…
  • Sorry, could you explain what you mean by…
  • Just to be clear, are you asking me about…

【DSE 英文】DSE Speaking – How to ask for help?

Clarifying the subject/topic –

Sorry, do you mean…?

1. Why do you think people like writing comments on Youtube?

Sorry, do you mean the things that people post beneath the video?

2. Would you prefer training on-the-job or learning in a classroom?

Sorry, do you mean training programmes such as apprenticeships?

 

Clarifying the subject/topic –

Just to be clear, are you asking me about…?

1. What is the best way to increase community spirit in your area?

Just to be clear, are you asking me about increasing community spirit in the place where I live?

2. How adventurous are you when you are choosing what to eat?

Just to be clear, are you asking me about how happy I am to eat new types of food?

【DSE 英文】DSE Speaking – How to ask for help? 

Clarifying individual words and phrases

When you say […], do you mean…?

1.  Should schools invest more money in making their school dinners healthier?
When you say ‘invest’, do you mean ‘spend more money’?

2.  Would you like to de-clutter your home?
When you say ‘de-clutter’, do you mean ‘get rid of clutter’?

Clarifying individual words and phrases

Sorry, could you explain what you mean by…?

1. Do you place sentimental value in old objects?
Sorry, could you explain what you mean by ‘sentimental value’?

2. Do you feel pressure to conform to Western standards of beauty?
Sorry, could you explain what you mean by ‘conform’?

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