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  • Hi, my name's Ed.

  • Welcome to Ed Explains English!

  • Mark Twain once said that there is nothing so annoying as having two people talking when you are busy interrupting.

  • All joking aside, when we are talking, we don't like to be interrupted, but when we are listening, we sometimes feel it's necessary to do it.

  • Before we look at different ways of interrupting a conversation, we must clarify on how to get the speaker's attention.

  • For instance, a simple gesture like raising a hand or gently clearing the throat could help.

  • Remember, timing is key, as we do not want to come across as being impolite.

  • If we feel the need to interrupt, we could say:

  • 'Excuse me for interrupting, but…'

  • 'Can I just mention something?'

  • 'Excuse me, I'd like to say something.'

  • 'Can I stop you there for a moment?'

  • 'I don't want to interrupt, however…'

  • If we want to add information we may use:

  • 'May I add…'

  • 'Could I just mention…'

  • 'I would like to add…'

  • 'Let me add …'

  • 'One thing that I should add is…'

  • Other times, we need to interrupt, to ask our conversation partner to expand on his or her last point:

  • 'Could you clarify that?'

  • 'Would you mind explaining that a little more?'

  • 'Could you tell us a little bit more about that?'

  • 'Sorry, could you explain that a little more?'

  • 'Could you clarify that last point, before we move on?'

  • Often, people want to interrupt our conversation, and we have to politely allow them to.

  • Try using:

  • 'No problem, go ahead.'

  • 'Sure. What do you think?'

  • 'That is alright, what is it that you want to say?'

  • 'Of course, tell me what you think.'

  • And finally, after being interrupted, we have to find a way of successfully returning to our previous conversation:

  • 'As I was saying, I think...'

  • 'I would like to return to my point.'

  • 'To get back to what I was saying, I feel...'

  • 'Continuing where I left off...'

  • I hope these tips of how to politely interrupt a conversation will help you.

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  • Thanks for watching.

  • Cheerio.

Hi, my name's Ed.


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Conversation Skills for Interrupting Politely in English

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    Minnie 發佈於 2021 年 03 月 10 日