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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #125436: Vocabulary: understanding
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    Vocabulary: understanding


    "Communicating" is mainly exchanging, and making oneself understood. Understanding is the ultimate objective in life, in a family, at work, between friends, between communities and in society. People can only understand each other if they make real efforts to interact and speak. True communication leads to harmony, and ultimately to good understanding and real happiness. That says it all.

     

    I) UNDERSTANDING one another... 

     

                                   

                           To grasp...                                  It makes sense! // It doesn't make sense! 

     

     To understand 

                                              Understandable 
     Understanding   Intelligible/ intelligibility                             
     To make oneself understood                 It makes sense!
     To realise that  To grasp sth
     To follow     To gather that
     Evident/ obvious   Evidently/ obviously
     Coherent/ coherence   Unequivocal 

     

                                             

                                  Obvious                                              To make oneself understood

     

    EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS: 

    - That is beyond all understanding.

    - To manage to understand/ to make sense of sth.

    - To be within/ beyond grasp.

    - I don't see the point of it.

    - So I gather! 

    - It suddenly dawned on me that! 

     

    II) LACK OF COMMUNICATION: MISUNDERSTANDINGS... 

     

                                          

     

     A misunderstanding                                                           

     To make a mistake

     To be mistaken 

     Mistakenly   I'm quite lost! 
     Incomprehensible                         Puzzling 
     Unintelligible   Equivocal
     Obscure  Unfathomable 
     Incoherent/ incoherence   Enigmatic/ an enigma                      
     Ambiguous  An ambiguity

     

                                        

               unfathomable                                                           To miss the point

     

    EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS: 

    - To fail to understand. 

    - To miss the point of sth/ to misunderstand sth.

    - To have a mistaken idea of.

    - It's not consistent! 

    - I can't make heads or tails of this.

    - I haven't the slightest idea!

    - I'm all at sea! 

     

                               

     

     

    We shouldn't let chance and improvisation guide our communication, which should be precise.

    Here's a way to test your knowledge, to use "the right words" in order to avoid misunderstandings.

    I'm sure you'll pass the test with "Flying colours"... Thanks a lot for working with me...  

     



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