Thursday, 12 January 2012


Here are some of the words and terms that we use to talk about telephoning.
to answer the phoneto say "hello" into the phone when it rings
an answering machinea machine you can record a message on if the person you are calling isn't home
a busy signala beeping sound that tells the caller that the other person is already on the phone with someone else
a calla telephone conversation
the callerthe person who telephones
to call back/phone backto call someone who called you first
the call displaya screen that shows you who is calling
cellular phone/cell phone/mobile phonea telephone that you can take with you away from your house
cordless phonea phone that is not attached to the wall (you can walk short distances with it at home or in the garden)
to dialto press the buttons on the phone
the dial tonethe sound the phone makes when you pick it up
directory/phone booka book that alphabetically lists local phone numbers of people and businesses
to hang upto put the receiver down and end a call
the operatora person who answers telephone-related questions
pagera small machine you wear that makes a noise (or vibrates) when someone wants you to call them
phonea telephone
a phone booth/pay phonea place where you can pay to use a telephone in public
to pick upto answer the phone
the receiverthe piece on the phone that you speak into and listen from
a ringthe sound a phone makes when somebody calls
the ringerthe sound-piece that alerts a person that a call is coming through

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