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Learn English Phrases – I have no clue / Totally clueless

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Hi students, it’s Shayna, from EspressoEnglish.net and today’s phrase of the day is, “I have no clue.” If you say, “I have no clue,” this means I don’t know. In fact, I don’t even have any idea.

For example, imagine that you’re travelling and you’re visiting a new city. You’ve just arrived so you’re completely unfamiliar with the city. While you’re walking on the street, somebody stops and asks you for directions to the library. You could say, “I’m sorry, I have no clue where the library is.” This means I don’t even have the slightest idea or guess about where the library is.

Another way to express this is to say someone doesn’t have a clue. This also means they don’t know. They are completely unfamiliar with something. For example, my mother has never used a computer, so when we gave her a laptop, she didn’t have a clue what to do with it.

One final related expression: “totally clueless.” If you describe a person as totally clueless, it means they are completely unaware about something and maybe even a little bit silly or stupid.

For example, my boss is totally clueless about social media. He went to the bookstore and asked if he could buy a Facebook. So obviously, that’s someone who is totally clueless about social media. They have no idea and in fact, they do things that are a little bit silly or unintelligent.

So, our phrases for today were “I have no clue,” meaning I don’t have any idea; I don’t know. Saying someone doesn’t have a clue which means the same thing; the person doesn’t know at all. And describing somebody as totally clueless, which means the person has no idea and is a little bit silly or stupid. So be careful about using that one, ok?

Thanks for joining me for today’s English phrases and I’ll see you next video.

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