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A todos nos ha pasado, estamos contando algo, haciendo una presentación o respondiendo una pregunta y nuestra mente queda en blanco, hacemos una pausa y no sabemos qué decir.

A continuación encontrarás algunas frases de vacilación en inglés para evitar ese incómodo silencio.


Don’t worry.

Luckily for all of us, there are loads of phrases you can use when you find yourself in a language jam! Here are a few:


Stalling for time:

Need a few seconds to think before you speak? You can use these phrases to give you some brainstorming time!
✓ Let’s see…
✓ Where do I begin…
✓ Hang on…


Stalling for time when answering a question:

These will give you a minute to put your thoughts together before you answer.
✓ That’s a good question…
✓ Gosh, that’s a hard one…
✓ I’ll have to think about that…


When you can’t think of the exact word:

Ever have a vocabulary mental hiccup? These will help you describe the word you can’t find.
✓ … sort of like…
✓ … kind of …
✓ It’s on the tip of my tongue…


When you can’t think of the exact phrase or sentence:

✓ How shall I put it?
✓ What’s the word I’m looking for?
✓ How can I explain this?


Filler phrases:

You can use these mid-sentence markers to help you connect your ideas and engage with the listener.
✓ …you know…
✓ … I mean…
✓ The thing is…


Trying to re-explain something:

If the listener didn’t understand what you we’re trying to say, use these!
✓ What I’m trying to say is…
✓ How shall I put this?
✓ Let’s put it this way…


 

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