Hesitation Strategies - Conversation Time Fillers
Often we want to give ourselves thinking time before we answer a question, especially if we don’t understand it! Here are four techniques:
English hesitation strategies Audio Jukebox
Pretend you haven’t heard
Simple – only one word to remember.
Everyone does it.
Repeat the question
You mean…what is forty-five divided by nine?
Lots of thinking time.
Can you remember the question?
Use delaying noises
You can use them several times in the same sentence.
If you use them too often you sound stupid.
Use it depends
It depends on (the situation).
Sorry? You want to know what I think about this?
Well…um…it depends, really.
You will sound intelligent. (Stroke your chin at the same time).
You can only use it when there is more than one possible answer.
Don’t forget that you can use more than one technique.
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