One of the first things that most people learn how to say in English is “I don’t know.” This makes sense, since there will always be a lot of things you don’t know when you’re learning a language. And that’s ok! Feeling confused and making mistakes is part of learning, and it’s a good thing.
But, the fact that you’re just learning English doesn’t mean that you have to use the same boring phrase that every other learner uses. Even if you’re a beginner, you can express yourself in English with more personality.
Here are some different ways to tell someone that you don’t know the answer to his or her question, instead of just saying “I don’t know”:
- I have no idea.
- Who knows?
- Don’t ask me!
- Beats me!
- Your guess is as good as mine.
Bonus: “I dunno” is something you’ll often hear native speakers say, or even write. This phrase is used in direct place of “I don’t know” and is considered slang. Try to say it out loud. See how you’ve just eliminated some of the letters?
Now that you have some more ways to say “I don’t know” – and you understand that not knowing is a key part of language learning – go ahead and try them out yourself. Leave a comment and let us know how it goes!