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Telephoning English Today we are talking about making calls to people.
The calls could be formal or informal calls.
Formal calls are to people like lawyers, doctors, other office employees, any service Industry etc.
Informal call is to people like friends, Parents etc…
Telephoning - Formal Jaya dialed her lawyer's number Receptionist: 'Good morning XYZ Solicitors. How may I help you?' Jaya: ‘ Good morning. I'd like to speak to Mr. Sharma, please. It's Ms Jaya speaking.‘ Receptionist, 'I'll put you through; However a few minutes later, 'I'm sorry, Mr. Sharma is not available just now. He's in a meeting. Can I take a message?' 4
Telephoning - Formal Jaya: 'No, thank you. I need to speak to him personally. I'll call back,‘ 'When will he be free?' Receptionist: 'I really can't say, Ms Jaya, ‘'I know that he has meetings with clients all morning.‘ Jaya :'I'll ring back just after lunch and hope to be able to speak to him then,‘. Receptionist: 'Very well, Ms Jaya,‘ 'Goodbye.' 5
Telephoning - Formal Next, Jaya tried ringing her accountant. Receptionist 'If you'll hold on, Ms. Jaya, I'll see if Ms Uma is free,’ After a short pause, she said, 'No, I'm sorry, Ms Uma is away from her desk at the moment. Can I take a message or perhaps Ms Uma could call you back?‘ Jaya: 'Yes, please ask her to call me back as soon as possible,‘ 'I'll be in my office all afternoon. Thank you.' 6
Telephoning - informal Jaya's next call was to a department store. 'Hello,' she said. 'Could I speak to someone in customer services, please?' Receiver: 'I'm sorry, the line is engaged just now. I'm afraid I'll have to put you on hold, ’After what seemed like a long time Jaya gave up and replaced the receiver. 7
Telephoning - informal Then Jaya called her mother. “Hello” was the reply. Jaya: 'Hello, Mom,‘ 'I'm just ringing to say that I'll be home late tonight and so don't bother to cook dinner. I'll see you tonight.' 8
Telephoning - informal Jaya's last call was to her friend Sai
However she got a message from her answering machine. 'This is Sai speaking I'm sorry I'm not available to take your call right now, but if you leave a message and your name and number after the tone I'll get back to you as soon as possible.'
Jaya said, 'Hi, Sai. It's Jaya here. I'm just ringing to confirm lunch on Tuesday. Look forward to seeing you.
Useful Expressions- call You call (someone) back when you have been out or unavailable when they have called you and you are phoning them, perhaps to find out what they wanted:
Jaya is in a meeting just now. she says that she'll call you back this afternoon.
I'm in the middle of a meeting just now. I'll call you back as soon as I can.
Useful Expressions- Get back Although it is slightly more informal:
Your husband's in a meeting just now. He'll get back to you as soon as it finishes.
I don't know if I'm free for lunch on Friday. I'll check my diary and get back to you right away.