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Telephone English expressions

How to arrange a meeting by phone in English!

In this class, you’ll learn some useful telephone English expressions in particular “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?”


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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