Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people :


There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this amusing, educative and useful idea.

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Telephone conversation
Telephone conversation


Two for you. Two for me. Two for you. (phone rings)

Hi, this is Vicki. (Unintelliglible) Barack who? This is Barack Obama.

How are you? Fine, how are you?

Well, I’m doing great and er… I know I’m interrupting but I figured you might take my call. Well, we’re a bit busy. How’s er… How’s your Mom doing these days? Mum’s fine. Was there something you wanted? One of the things I think is… is terrific is baseball, you know. Baseball. So you called to talk about baseball? Well, you know, I’m a big baseball fan. Er… And I grew up in Hawaii. My earliest memories of baseball were actually the… Look I’m sorry Barack but we’re a bit busy at the moment. Is that er… Is that correct? Yeah, this isn’t a good time. Well then I understand that… I understand that… Try calling next week, or next month. We’d love to hear from you then. Well I appreciate that. Tell your Mom I said ‘Hi’. You take care of yourself. You too. Thanks Barack. Bye. So where were we? Er, two for you. Two for me. Two for you. Two for me…