英会話のコツ: Telephone conversations

There are 2 types of telephone conversations - polite and casual.  When children are calling their friends on the phone, they are usually incredibly casual.  Sometimes friends who have known each other for a long time are also casual on the phone.  If you are ever unsure, it is best to try to be as polite as possible.

Casual vs. Polite:

  • C: Is Matt there?
  • P: May I speak to Matt, please?
     
  • C: When is he going to be home?
  • P: Do you know what time he’ll get back?
     
  • C: Where is he now?
  • P: Do you know where he went?
     
  • C: He was supposed to email me
  • P: Could I leave a message please? / Could you please tell him that I haven’t received his email yet?
     
  • C: Who is this?
  • P: May I ask who is calling?
     
  • C: What’s your phone number?
  • P: May I have your phone number, please?
     
  • C: You can call him back after 9:00
  • P: Could you please call back after 9:00?
     
  • C: He’s in the washroom now
  • P: I’m sorry but he’s busy at the moment / he isn’t here at the moment
     
  • C: What do you want me to tell him?
  • P: May I take a message?
     
  • C: Where are you now?
  • P: Where are you calling from?

~ Samantha

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