Useful Vocabulary and Phrasal Verbs for English Telephone Conversations

Phrasal verbs, vocabulary and phrases that are commonly used in English telephone conversations


1. Telephone Phrasal Verbs

  • Break - up

Meaning: Become inaudible over the phone, usually because of a bad connection

E.g: "Sorry, could you repeat that, please? You're breaking up".

  • Call for someone

Meaning: To telephone for someone or something

E.g: I'll call for you at 7 o'clock.

  • Call back

Meaning: To telephone someone again or to return a call

E.g: She said she'd call back.

  • Call up

Meaning: Call someone on the phone

E.g: My dad called me up to tell me the bad news.

  • Cut off

Meaning: When a telephone call finishes because of a bad connection
E.g: We were cut off in the middle of our conversation.

  • Get through

Meaning: To be connected to a place by telephone

E.g: I finally got through to Tom on his mobile.

  • Hang on

Meaning: Wait for a short time (informal)

E.g: Hang on - I'll just see if he's here.

  • Hang up

Meaning: End a telephone call by putting the phone down

E.g: After I hung up I remembered what I'd wanted to say.

  • Hold on

Meaning: Wait for a short time

E.g: Could you hold on a moment, please?

  • Pick up

Meaning: Answer the telephone call

E.g: The phone rang and rang and nobody picked up.

  • Put through

Meaning: Connect by phone

E.g: Could you put me through to the manager, please?

  • Speak up

Meaning: Speak louder

E.g: Can you speak up a bit? It's very noisy here.

2. Phrases for "Telephone Calls"

  • I'll call you later.
  • Leave a message.
  • Hi Simon, it's Anna.
  • Did you get my message?
  • Can I speak to Rob, please?
  • Hi, Jenny. Where are you?
  • Thanks for getting back to me.
  • Leave a message after the beep.
  • What's your number?
  • I'm returning your call.

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