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Giving numbers

Here's a phone number: 0171 222 3344

And here's how to say it:
"Oh-one-seven-one, triple two, double three, double four."

OR

"Zero-one-seven-one, triple two, double three, double four."

Pausing
When you say a seven digit number, separate the number into two blocks of three and four, pausing after each block.

Each digit is spoken separately, unless it's a double or triple. If the second part of the number was '5555', you'll probably find it easier to say 'double five – double five'.

Saying email addresses


@ is pronounced 'at'. For instance, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. is "caimin, at, clara, dot, net".

/ is "forward slash".

- is called a "hyphen" or a "dash".

_ is an "underscore".

Example telephone dialogues

Here are examples of typical telephoning language:

Getting through

You: "Can I speak to (Mr Smith), please?" or "Is (Mr Smith) there, please?"

Receptionist: "May I ask who's calling?" or "Could I have your name, please?"

You: "Yes, this is Tom McIvor speaking."

Many British people don't identify themselves when they make or receive a phone call. Even at home, they normally pick up the phone and say "Hello". But they won't be offended if you ask for their name.

Leaving or taking a message

Receptionist:

"I'm afraid Mr Smith is…
… out of the office today."
… off sick today."
… in a meeting."
… on holiday."
or "I'm afraid his line is engaged."

"…Would you like to leave a message?"

You: "Could you ask him to call me back?" or "Could you ask him to return my call?"

Receptionist: "Does he have your number?" or "What's your number, please?"

The receptionist uses "I'm afraid" or "I'm sorry" if he or she can't connect you.

If the receptionist doesn't offer to take a message, you can ask to leave one.

You: "Could I leave a message, please?"

Receptionist: "Yes, certainly." or "Yes, of course."

PARTE 2

Social talk on the phone

If you know the person, or have spoken before, it's normal to chat for a few seconds before saying why you are calling.

You: "Hello, this is (Tom McIvor) speaking." or "Hello, this is (Tom McIvor)."

You might also want to add your company name: "This is (Tom McIvor) from (McIvor Worldwide)."

The other person: "Hello, how are you?"

You: "Fine, thanks. And you?"

The other person: "Very well, thanks."
or "Not bad."
or "Can't complain."
or "A bit busy" etc.

You: "Oh good."
or "Oh right."
or "Glad to hear that."

If someone asks you how you are, respond (positively!) and return the question. This social talk can be extended. You could ask about a project you know the person is working on, or a mutual friend, or the person's family.

You: "Hello, this is (Tom McIvor). How are you?"

Other person: "Fine, and yourself?"

You: "Fine, thanks. How's the restructuring going?"

Other person: "Well, we're pretty busy, as you can imagine."

You: "Yes, I can! Anyway, I'm calling about…"

To introduce the subject of your call, you can use words such as 'anyway', or 'well', or 'right'.

Remember, if you haven't spoken to the person before, or don't know them, then social talk is inappropriate – get straight to the reason for your call.

Calling someone you don't know

Perhaps a colleague has asked you to call someone. You don't know the person, so you should introduce yourself and mention your colleague's name.

You: "Hello, this is (Sarah Brown) calling, from (McIvor Worldwide)."

Other person: "Hello, what can I do for you?"
or "Hello, how can I help you?"

You: "I'm calling on behalf of (Tom McIvor)…"
or "(Tom McIvor) suggested that I call you."
or "(Tom McIvor) asked me to call you."

Remember…

* try to speak clearly and don't be afraid to speak more slowly than normal.

* think about what you want to say before calling.

* don't be afraid to ask your caller to repeat themselves if you don't understand. You can say, "I'm sorry, could you repeat that please?" or "Sorry, I didn't quite catch that."

What to say when there's a problem

 


When you can't hear someone

"I'm sorry, could you speak up, please?"

"I'm sorry, I can't hear you very well."

"I'm sorry, the line's bad – could you repeat what you just said?"

When you don't understand what someone says

"I'm sorry, I didn't get that. Could you say it again, please?"

"I'm afraid I don't follow you. Could you repeat it, please?"

"I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand. Would you mind explaining it again, please?"

When you want to correct what the other person has said

"Actually, it's 16, not 60." (Stress the two words where there is confusion – in this example the 16 and the 60.)

"I'm sorry, but I think there's been a misunderstanding. The payment's due next week, not next month."

"I'm sorry, but that's not quite right.." (When you refer back to what someone has just said. You then go on to say what IS right.)

Checking that you understand something

"So if I understand you correctly…"

"When you say… do you mean…?"

 


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