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How to arrange a meeting by phone in English!

In this class, you’ll learn how to arrange a meeting by phone in English.

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Knowing how to speak over the phone is a useful skill in any language. It allows you to communicate with friends or business associates. In this lesson, we’ll teach you how to arrange a meeting by phone. Then, you can listen to a conversation so you can hear the target language in action!

Answering the phone

In most informal situations, we simply answer the phone by saying, “Hello?”

Greetings

Next, it’s typical to say a few greetings. Here are some typical expressions to use.

  • How’s it going?
  • How are you?
  • How’s it been?
  • All right?
  • What’s up? (very informal)

The event

Before making the invitation, we usually explain what the event is first. For example:

  • “I’m going to the cinema later…”
  • “There’s a great new restaurant in town…”
  • “I’ve got tickets for a concert tonight…”
  • “Pete’s having a party on Friday…

Making an invitation

And then, we make the invitation. There are several expressions you can use:

  • “…would you like to come along too?”
  • “…do you fancy coming along?”
  • “…you’re welcome to join us if you want.”
  • “…do you want to join us?”

Setting the time and place

Next, you need to fix the time and place for the meeting. Here are some useful phrases for doing that:

  • “We could meet up at 6 o’clock outside the cinema.”
  • “How about 3:30 in front of the theatre?”
  • “We should probably get there by about 8:15.”
  • “We’re meeting at 10 o’clock opposite the museum.”

Asking how to get there

Sometimes, you may have to give people directions to get there. For example:

  • “You’ll need to take a taxi to Baker Street.”
  • “You can take line 4 and get off at Picadilly Circus.”
  • “The Marble Arch bus will take you to the cinema.”
  • “There’s a train that stops near there.”

How to say goodbye

Finally, before saying goodbye, we usually summarise the information.

  • “So, I’ll see you later.”
  • “OK, see you at 6 o’clock outside the cinema.”
  • “I’ll see you at the café sometime before 4 o’clock.”
  • “So, I’ll pick you up from your house at half past four.”

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