A couple months ago, I did a survey to find out how many meanings and translations we can find for the question: Do you understand? The German equivalent is Verstehen Sie? (or when using the informal: Verstehst du?)
After compiling the different ways of expressing this phrase, this what I got in the end:
At least 40 different expressions of Do you understand– in English! 🙂 There are some formal ones we use, but we also have three times as many informal expressions of this phrase that have been used. They depend on not only the country but also the region in the Anglo-Saxon speaking countries where you will find them in use. For example, the Scots use the expression “Do you, ken,” whereas “You know?” is found mostly in the rural Midwestern region of the US. But those are small examples. Ironically, some of the romantic expressions, like Comprende, Capito, etc. have been adopted into the English language and they can be found in areas where Italian and Spanish are used. Sometimes a little bit of “Savvy,” is used if one wants to impress his French. 😉
This artwork best describes the many forms of “Do you understand” for wine and dinner are the best combinations to having a great conversation, persuading each other to agree to disagree with the point of view of the other. In simpler languages, great conversations require wine and the many forms of the expression needed in order for the discussion to be lively and “sophisticated.”
There’s no doubt that there are more in addition to what is presented in close-up, but for those wishing to learn the language, this expression is one of the main questions you will need to know so that you can use it to better communicate with others. It will make for avoiding misunderstandings, together with another Expression used to help the other help you to understand, which is:
I don’t understand. 😉
You see what I’m sayin’ ? 🙂
Author’s Note: Some recipients sent me the expression Savy? without having to look up the word and realize the word is with two V’s. A bit too late for the wine bottle (even though the word looks cool on the label), however, to ensure the correctness of the word, the title is with two V’s.