Asking for repetition

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A few polite expressions for asking someone to repeat what they said:

  • Sorry? 
  • US not UK: Excuse me?
  • Sorry, could you repeat that, please?
  • Sorry, can you say that again, please?
  • Sorry, I didn’t (quite) catch that.
  • Sorry, can you speak up a bit, please? (On the telephone if the phone line is bad)
  • Sorry, can you speak a bit more slowly, please? (If there’s a language problem)

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