It sounds like the video is saying (link with a time stamp corresponds the following)

Let's look at the first sentence, which is an example. "The bill was split between Frank and Mark." guess We have two people,

most of words comes from the official transcript except for one, the word guess which is added by me.

I've met a few of teachers who use guess a lot. why do they do that?

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    She doesn't say 'guess' - I think it's 'OK' before going on to the explanation, but swallowed so that it's barely audible, which is why it isn't included in the transcript. Feb 9, 2020 at 9:09
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    I hear it as “Okay so we have two people …” Feb 10, 2020 at 2:57

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It is just a verbal habit. It means "I suppose that...". Perhaps it comes from a kind of modesty "I want to tell you my opinion, but I don't want to force it on you."

People do develop their own habits in speech. Some people start lots of sentences with "So...". I knew one person who said "Well, basically..." whenever they explained something (even when it was very complex). They are just habits and don't have any great meaning.

  • Thank you! Your answer is very helpful. Just for double confirmation, is "guess" the verbal habit of that presenter discussed in OP?
    – peterpanai
    Feb 9, 2020 at 12:55
  • I haven't seen the presenter. I can't tell if he says "guess" or "okay" or if it is a transcription error. Comments suggest it is an error.
    – James K
    Feb 9, 2020 at 13:35

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