I bought my first phone in my life and I now sometimes get calls from friends and co workers. Sometimes the signal of phone doesn't work well and I can't hear them.

What do I say when there is silence or noises?

So far I have thought of the following:

* Sorry I didn't hear you, can you repeat that?
* What was that, I didn't hear you?
* Oh what was that, I didn't hear you?
* I didn't hear you, can you repeat that?
* Can you repeat that?
* Sorry I didn't hear you?
* Sorry?

What else can I say?

  • 5
    I'd say the same things you've got listed there.
    – A E
    Nov 8, 2014 at 7:50
  • 'Could you speak up, please'!
    – WS2
    Nov 8, 2014 at 9:39

2 Answers 2


If your intention is to inform the other person that you're having difficulty understanding them because the signal is weak, you could say:


Sorry, I didn't catch that. You're fading out.


I'm sorry, but I didn't hear what you said just then. We have a bad connection.


I'm sorry, but we have a bad connection and I'm unable to hear you clearly.


All of your suggestions are good.

You can also start off by saying one of:

Sorry. I can't hear you.

Sorry. I didn't catch that.

Then follow it up with any of:

It's a bad line.

The line is bad.

You're breaking up.

You're distorting.

You're cutting out.

There are a lot of other ways of saying the same thing.

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