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  • Someone asks you a question and you get stuck. Well, what are the things that you can say

  • to fill in that silence or to fill in that gap? Do you keep mum? Or do you end up using

  • gap fillers? Well, in today's lesson we are gonna look at some phrases that would help

  • you to delay your answers.

  • Hi everyone. I am Niharika here and welcome back to a new lesson. Well, in today's lesson,

  • we are gonna look at some phrases that would help you to delay your answers. Now there

  • are times when people ask you a question or people ask for your opinion and you need these

  • few seconds to think. Now people tend to keep mum or they tend to say, Ahh, Hmm, so rather

  • than using these sounds like, Ahh, Hmmm or that awkward silence that the listener has

  • to face. Well there are some phrases that you can use to fill in those few seconds and

  • delay your answers. So we are gonna look at these seven phrases here and let's get started.

  • The very first phrase that I have for you is, well you see. Now here probably someone

  • comes up to you and asks you a question and you are not very well prepared to answer this,

  • you need few seconds to think about it and form your sentences correctly and then put

  • it forward to the listener, so when you thinking this, you need to use the phrase like, Well

  • you see and then answer the question. Like for example, someone comes up to you and say's

  • that, Hey are you planning to take up that job? You are not prepared for this question,

  • so you need those few seconds to answer that, now rather than keeping mum, you will use,

  • Well you see and try to use high intonation when you use this phrase. So here you're

  • buying time to answer the question. Now remember when you use this phrase, you can only take

  • a pause of two or three seconds and that's about it. Like, well you see. And then just

  • take a pause of two, three seconds and then immediately start with your answer. You just

  • can't keep waiting forever. Another phrase that you can use is, Hang on a moment. Now

  • here you are directly asking the listener to wait, now the wait cannot be like an half

  • an hour wait, It has to be just couple of seconds, wherein you're buying time to answer

  • the question. So you can use this phrase to delay your answer, so someone would come up

  • and ask you, What have you thought about this new project? So you want to give that answer.

  • You have something in your mind, but you wanna put it right, you wanna use the right words

  • to put it forward. So you are buying time and you're delaying your answer by directly

  • asking the listener that, Hang on a moment. So take a pause for few seconds and then get

  • started.

  • Another phrase that you can use is, How shall I put it? Now there are certain things that

  • you tend to say that might offend people. Now this happens, when you don't think before

  • you speak. So it's important for you, when someone asks you maybe a personal question

  • or maybe a question that you do not like to be asked and you tend to offend people or

  • you tend to sound very unpleasant. Now if you don't wanna sound unpleasant or you don't

  • want to offend someone. You buy time by saying, How shall I put it? So here you're actually

  • buying time to use the right words that would not offend someone, so use this phrase when

  • you do not want to offend someone.

  • Let's have a look at another phrase here, which is, What's the word for it? You know

  • there are times, when you are looking for a particular word and it's just not coming.

  • Ohh! What is it? So what's the word for it? So here again you're trying to think of

  • that particular word and when you can't think about it, when it's just not coming into your

  • head the you can use the phrase, What's the word for it? Rather than just keeping mum

  • say, What's the word for it? Now many people, when they are trying to think of that particular

  • word and it's not coming in their mind. They tend to explain the meaning to the listener

  • hoping that the listener would come up with that word. You know that happens, Right. When

  • you're talking with your friends and someone say's, What do you think about that? And yes

  • you have a particular word that you can use for this situation, but you can't just think

  • of it right now. So you're buying time, now to buy that time you can use the phrase,

  • What's the word for it And then after few seconds try to explain the meaning of that

  • word. Even if you're not getting that word try to explain the meaning of it and then

  • probably the listener would come up with that word.

  • So let's move on to another phrase that you can use to delay your answer, which is pretty

  • similar to the one above, it's on the tip of my tongue. Does that happen to you? Like

  • the other day, my friend asked me, Hey Niharika what's that actors name, who has done the

  • movie Conjuring? And I know his name; it is on the tip of my tongue. But it's just not

  • coming out of my mouth. When you know, you can't really think of that name, it's right

  • on your tongue but it's just not coming out. Well use the phrase, so here again you're

  • buying time to think, so rather than keeping mum, you are saying, it's on the tip of

  • my tongue, what is it? what is it? Continue your conversation. So that kind of sounds

  • really nice and you come out as a very confident person as well. So you can use this phrase,

  • when you just can't think of that word at that moment, but it's there in your mind.

  • Now let's have a look at another phrase, Now let me think. When do you use this phrase?

  • You know at times, people come up to you and ask you for your opinion about something,

  • What do you think about this actor or what do you think about this project? What do you

  • think about this company? Well, there are so many questions that are bombarded on you

  • and you're not very well prepared to answer them. And of course you do not wanna make

  • a mistake or you don't wanna sound as a very smart person. But yes you wanna show that

  • you have certain things in mind that you would like to talk about, so again you are using

  • this phrase to buy sometime to delay your answer. So someone say's, So what do you think

  • about this project. Do you think it's great? Do you think we should go for it? And here

  • you wanna buy time to answer this correctly. So you're gonna say, No let me think again

  • you are directly asking for some time, so that you think over this and then you answer

  • it correctly. So even this phrase is quite similar to the one here, which is Hang on

  • a moment. Hang on a moment and Now let me think are the two phrases that you can use

  • to buy time directly from the listener. But remember it's just couple of seconds and you

  • can't ask the listener to wait forever.

  • And then the last one that I have for you is; Now that's an interesting question. When

  • do we use that? Now if someone ends up asking you a very personal or a very embarrassing

  • question and you really don't wanna answer that and you wanna change the topic . Then

  • you can use this phrase. Now that's an interesting question and then you change the topic, so

  • when do you use this phrase? Of course to delay your answer and to just buy time to

  • just change the topic. Like the politicians, the media people tend to ask questions, which

  • are kind of embarrassing and kind of a little personal, which politicians are not very well

  • prepared to answer, so they say, Haa... Now that's an interesting question, so here basically

  • they are buying time not just to delay their answer, but to just change the topic.

  • So if you face an unpleasant question then use this phrase. So this brings me to the

  • end of this lesson. These are the seven phrases that you can use to delay your answers. So

  • the next time someone asks you something or asks for your opinion you would not just go

  • mum, but you will use these phrases. And I'll be back with a new lesson soon. Till then

  • you take care.

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