Catch Word #69 – Over my head

This week we are looking at expressions that mean someone does not understand something. So if you are having trouble understanding something in English, you can use these expressions to talk about it. We hope you can understand everything in this episode. If you can’t make heads or tails of it, email us!


Expressions included in the learning materialsovermyhead

  • It went over my head
  • IT help desk
  • tech
  • I’m the same way
  • Man (slang)
  • Hand gesture (it went over my head)
  • it’s all Greek to me/it’s all Chinese to me
  • whoa
  • not to make heads or tails of something
  • urgh
  • I’m lost
  • I felt bad for her

Sample transcript

Maura:  The reason that the person doesn’t understand could be for a variety of reasons. It could be because they don’t know very much about the subject, so they don’t know the technical language and it’s too complicated so they can’t understand.
Harp: So for example, last week my computer broke and I called my IT help desk and they came over to fix it and the guy was so nice but he was using all these tech terms. I didn’t know what he was saying. It just went over my head. I didn’t understand a thing he was saying.
Maura: Yeah, in that case you don’t have the knowledge about computers so you’re not able to understand when someone’s talking about that.
Harp: Exactly. It went over my head because I don’t know much about computers.

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