Sometimes people say abstract things that aren’t very comprehensible.
Sometimes this is because they are assuming background knowledge you don’t have.
Sometimes this is because they’re referencing something complicated, and not being clear.
Sometimes this is because they aren’t actually saying much, and are using convoluted words to sound like they are.
It is possible to ask for clarification, but not directly. You can’t say “Did you actually say anything?” But you can often get clarification with one of these kinds of questions:
- That sounds really interesting, can you say more about it?
- I’m not sure I understood, can you give me an example?
- That concept sounds really great, but I’m not sure I quite got it – how does that work in concrete terms?