English Phraseology: Interrupting – A2

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Here are a few phrases you can use to interrupt when you have something to add to a conversation or when you approach a stranger  to ask for something.

  • Excuse me for interrupting, but…
  • Can I add something?
  • Can I ask a question?
  • Sorry, I’d like to comment on that.
  • Could I just say something here?

Once someone has interrupted you, you need to get back to the topic at hand. Here are a few examples:

  • Where was I?
  • Let’s get back to the topic at hand.
  • Anyway, what were we saying?
  • Thanks for your input. So, where did we leave off?

Fluency Practice:

Listen to the podcast and repeat after the speaker. Concentrate on articulating at first. Then, listen for the natural pauses in the sentence and repeat.

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1170692-english-phraseology-interrupting-a2.mp3]

Classroom Tip:

Use these sentences in role-plays with your classmates or your teacher. Set the scene, plan a short dialogue & use the expressions in context.