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The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration.

Instead of telling it straightforwardly like: 'Could you please repeat your question?', I am looking for your help and suggestions for other manners more polite and more smart, especially that the situation can occur more than one time during the interview.

Thank you very much.

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    "I didn't quite catch that", "Come again?", "I missed that last part", "If I understood you correctly, you're asking ...", etc. – Dan Bron Sep 18 '14 at 14:32
  • @FumbleFingers This question seems to be a little more specific than that, because of the delicate relationship between the speaker and listener. – Barmar Sep 18 '14 at 19:44
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    Is the reason for the difficulty because the speaker is not a native speaker, so he has a difficult accent for most natives to understand, or because you're not native and don't understand him? – Barmar Sep 18 '14 at 19:45
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    If the problem is the speaker's foreign accent, he probably is very aware of it, and hopefully wouldn't take offense if you say that you're having trouble understanding him. – Barmar Sep 18 '14 at 19:46
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    IELTS examiners must be used to working with people who don't understand English very easily. Speaking quickly at the start may be part of the test, but once you say that you can't understand it, hopefully they'll adjust. I don't think you need to worry about bothering him when you ask him to slow down. – Barmar Sep 18 '14 at 23:42