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.