You know when someone says something to you and you understand the first 10 words but it's only the last 2 words you couldn't understand? And then, you ask them to repeat it, and you understand the first 10 words (again) but not the last 2 words (again)? And then you get caught in an endless loop?
I had one of those conversations with Xander today. To make it harder, we were in the car. I don't hear about 80% of what he says in the car between road noise, bad hearing and bad pronunciation.
Xander: Remember when we saw those people and <blah mumble blah>
Xander: Remember when we saw those people and <mumble jumble>
Then you try to make things easier by repeating the part of the sentence you understood, to let the other person know you got that part, and to repeat only the rest of the sentence.
Mommy: Remember when we saw those people and...what?
Xander: Remember when we saw those people and <blerg blah blah>
Mommy: STOP SAYING "REMEMBER WHEN WE SAW THOSE PEOPLE"! What comes after that?
Xander: <mumble mumble>
Mommy: (sigh). Thanks for clearing that up.