Frases para rellenar o para ganar tiempo

 

A todos nos ha pasado, estamos contando algo, haciendo una presentación o respondiendo una pregunta y tu mente queda en blanco, haces una pausa y no sabes que decir. A continuación encontrarás algunas frases para evitar esa incómoda pausa, te permiten rellenar y ganar tiempo para armar la idea en inglés.

Hesitation phrases

It’s OK, we’ve all been there. You’re pitching a life changing idea to your boss, giving a career defining presentation to your entire staff, or just talking to that cute foreign guy you met at the bar. You want to say something, but suddenly your mind goes completely blank. You think, “¿Cómo digo esto en inglés?”, and scramble to find the right words while the other person is sitting there, staring at you. The only thing that comes out of your mouth is a nice, long “Ummm…”

Don’t worry. Literally anyone who’s had to learn a foreign language goes through this. 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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