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)
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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