Survival Language

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If you get your facts wrong.

  • I am terribly sorry. What I meant to say was this. 
  • Sorry. What I meant is this. 

If you have been going too fast and your audience is having trouble keeping up with you. 

  • Let me just recap on that. 
  • I want to recap briefly on what I have been saying. 

If you have forgotten to make a point. 

  • Sorry, I should just mention one other thing. 
  • If I can just go back to the previous point, there is something else that I forgot to mention. 

If you have been too complicated and want to simplify what you said. 

  • So, basically, what I am saying is this. 
  • So, basically, the point I am trying to get across is this. 

If you realize that what you are saying makes no sense. 

  • Sorry, perhaps I did not make that quite clear. 
  • Let me rephrase that to make it quite clear. 

If you cannot remember the term in English. 

  • Sorry, what is the word I am looking for? 
  • Sorry, my mind has gone blank. How do you say ‘escargot’ in English? 

If you are short of time. 

  • So just to give you the main points. 
  • As we are short of time, this is just a quick summary of the main points.