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Useful Vocabulary and Phrasal Verbs for English Telephone Conversations

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The following article introduces the list of phrasal verbs, vocabulary and phrases that are commonly used in English telephone conversations with ESL images.

Telephone Phrasal Verbs

Learn Common Telephone Phrasal Verbs in English with meaning and examples.

  • 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.

Telephone Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs of Telephone

Phrasal Verbs: Telephone

English Phrases for Telephone Conversations

  • 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.

Phrases for "Telephone Calls"

Phrases for Telephone Conversations

Phrases for "Telephone Calls"

Phrases for "Telephone Calls"

Useful Vocabulary for Telephone Conversations



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