Getting Attention

  • Excuse me, I wonder if I could trouble you ….
  • May I have your attention, please?
  • Excuse me. Could I just mention that …?
  • Look! / listen! / watch!
  • Excuse me, ….
  • Sorry to trouble you.
  • Sorry to bother you.
  • Look at me!
  • Look what I’ve got here.
  • Look here.
  • Look!
  • Hey!
  • Attention, please!
  • Excuse me!

Showing Attention

  • I see. – Tell me more about it.
  • Pardon me?
  • What’s next?
  • And then?
  • Is that all?
  • Oh, yes. – Really?
  • Mmm… – Oh, my God! What happens next?
  • A ha… – And then what?
  • How interesting! – What’s next?
  • I know what you mean. – Is that all?
  • Oh, oh! – Indeed?
  • Well, well, well… – Oh, no!

Dialog Example

Expressing of getting one’s attention

Hilal is watching radio in the living room. Najmi comes.
Najmi   : Pardon me, Hilal.
Hilal     : Yes? What happened?
Najmi   : Can you turn the radio down? I want to phone Deny.
Hilal     : No problem.
Najmi   : Thank you very much.
(Telephoning her friends, Najmi walks into the dining room where her mother and father are eating.)
Mother  : Do you want to have more, dad?
Father   : No, I am full.
Najmi    : I’m sorry for interrupting you, but I want to tell important news.
Mother  : What is it, dear?
Najmi    : Mom, dad. Deny will propose me next week. I hope you will agree.
Father & mother : Oh, that’s very good news. Of course, we don’t mind of that.


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