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Vocabulary for the video activity!
Cartoon man (Andy Avatar) waving - How to make a phone call in EnglishHi, it’s Andy here! First, I’d like you to learn these words. They’ll help you with the video activity. Also, listen and repeat the sample sentences to improve your pronunciation. Good luck!v

  • To hear back = if you “hear back” from someone, that person calls you after you called them: “I never heard back from Pete. He must be in a meeting or something.”
  • A break = if you have a “break” at work, you stop working for a short period of time so you can have a drink, a snack, etc.: “We had a 20-minute break then went back to work.”
  • In a rush = if you’re “in a rush”, you need to go somewhere quickly: “I’m sorry I can’t talk now. I’m in a rush.”
  • A screen = the glass, front part of a phone, computer, tablet, etc. that you look at: “A pop-up ad suddenly appeared on my computer screen.”
  • Cracked = if your screen is “cracked”, the glass is broken and lines appear on it: “My computer screen is cracked.”
  • To crack = if you “crack” an egg (for example), you break it so you can cook it: “You need to crack the eggs into a bowl.”
  • To nail it (informal) = if you “nail it”, you do something perfectly well: “I got 100% on the exam – I nailed it.”
  • Naked = someone who is “naked” has no clothes on: “Many of the people on the beach were naked.”
  • To catch up = if you “catch up”, you find out the latest information about something or someone: “What’s been going on here since I’ve been away? I need to catch up.”
  • Battery life = your phone’s “battery life” is the amount of time you can use it before you need to recharge it: “This phone has a much better battery life than my previous one.”
  • In bad condition = if something is “in bad condition”, it’s old, broken, dirty, not repaired, etc.: “This house is in really bad condition.”
  • To have a lot going on = if you “have a lot going on”, you’re doing a lot of things, to have a lot of things you need to do, to be very busy, etc.: “I’ve got a lot going on at the moment so I can’t take on any more work.”
  • In place = if something is “in place”, it’s in the correct position or the correct location: “The chairs are all in place for the meeting.”
  • To run a test = if you “run a test” on something, you experiment with it to see how well it’s working: “We ran a few tests on the computer to find out what the problem was.”
  • To charge up = if you “charge up” a phone, you connect it to the electricity so the battery is at 100% again: “Have you got an iPhone charger? I need to charge up my phone.”
  • Suit yourself = we use this expression to mean, “OK, do what you want”:
    A: I think I’ll go now.
    B: OK, suit yourself!
  • Impact calibration / percussive maintenance (informal) = expressions for describing the way some people hit devices if they aren’t working to see if this can fix them: “The computer wouldn’t come on, so we applied a bit of percussive maintenance and it started working again!”

Very good! Now try the quiz to see how much you can remember!

Cartoon man (Andy Avatar) waving - How to make a phone call in English


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