LEVEL: Intermediate

TYPE OF ENGLISH: General English


MAKING A PHONE CALL

Telephone equipment

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a charger
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a headset
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a keypad
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a pay phone
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a phone card
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a SIM card
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an answerphone
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a touch screen
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a receiver

Using a telephone

Study the sentences below:
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I'm afraid I don't have time to talk right now. I'll call you back later.
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I’ll send you an sms with my new address and telephone number.
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Hmm, it wasn’t Robert who answered the phone. I probably dialled the wrong number.
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Maria wanted to speak to the manager, but she had to wait. The receptionist put her on hold for five minutes.
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Give me a call sometime. I’ll be happy to go out with you again.
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imagesmake somebody wait on the phone

put somebody on hold

imagescall somebody

give somebody a call
In British English, you can also say give somebody a ring.

imageswrite a text message to somebody

send somebody an sms

imagesmake a mistake with somebody’s phone number when you try to call them

dial the wrong number

imagescall somebody who called you earlier

call somebody back
In British English, you can also say ring somebody back.

Making contact

Study the beginning of three telephone calls:

DIALOGUE 1
Mary: Hello.
Simon: Hello, can I speak to Alice, please?
Mary: Sure. Who's calling?
Simon: It's Simon.
Mary: Just a second.
Alice: Hello, Alice here.
Simon: Hi Alice, it's Simon. How are you?

DIALOGUE 2
George: Hello.
Simon: Hi, is George there?
George: Speaking.
Simon: Hi George, I didn't recognise your voice. It's Simon. I'm just calling to say hello.

DIALOGUE 3
Receptionist: Good morning, Telecom Network Services, Andrea speaking. How may I help you?
Alice: Good morning, this is Robert Caulson. Could you put me through to the customer care department, please?
Receptionist: Certainly. One moment, please.

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imagesAnswering the phone

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Hello.
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Good morning……. How may I help you? (formal)

imagesAsking for the caller’s name

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Who's calling?

imagesIdentifying yourself (caller)

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It's Simon.
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This is Robert Caulson.

imagesIdentifying yourself (receiver)

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Speaking.
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Andrea speaking.

imagesAsking to speak to someone

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Can I speak to Alice, please?
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Is George there?
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Could you put me through to the customer care department, please?

Leaving a message

Study the following telephone calls.

DIALOGUE 1
Mary: Hello.
Simon: Hello, can I speak to Alice, please?
Mary: Just a second...I'm afraid Alice isn't in at the moment.
Simon: Do you know what time she'll be back?
Mary: She should be back this evening. Can I take a message?
Simon: No thanks, I'll call back later. Goodbye.

DIALOGUE 2
Mary: Hello.
Simon: Hello, it's Simon again. Is Alice back yet?
Mary: No she isn't I'm afraid.
Simon: OK, can I leave a message?
Mary: Of course.
Simon: Could you tell her to call me back when she gets in? I have a new number. It's 57..
Mary: Hold on a second. Let me get a pen and paper .........OK, go ahead.
Simon: The number is 57929003. Have you got that?
Mary: OK, let me read that back to you. That's 57929003.
Simon: Yes, that's right.
Mary: Right. I'll make sure she gets your message. Goodbye.

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imagesSaying that someone is unavailable

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I'm afraid Alice isn't in at the moment

imagesAsking for someone to wait

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Just a second.
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Hold on a second (let me get a pen and paper).

imagesTaking a message

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Can I take a message?
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I'll make sure she gets your message.

imagesLeaving a message

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Can I leave a message?
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Could you tell her to call me back when she gets in?

imagesChecking information

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Have you got that?
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Let me read that back to you.




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