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Unità 05. Corso di Inglese. Dettato. THE TELEPHONE

If you want to make a call
and you haven’t got a mobile phone,
you can use a public telephone. There are a lot of phone boxes
in the streets. If you haven’t got
the number of the person you want to ring,
you can look the number up in a telephone directory.
There are different directories for different areas
and these will also give you the area code number.
When you have the number, you pick up the receiver
and insert coins, if it is a coin operated phone,
or a phone card, which you can buy
from a post office or newsagent’s.
You can then dial the number you require.
If you are calling someone abroad, you must first dial
the international code number, then the national code number
before the other numbers. When someone answers the phone,
you say: ‘Hello,
this is Giovanni Can I speak to John,
please?’ Sometimes the phone rings,
but nobody answers; other times there is a buzzing tone.
This shows that the number is engaged. In these cases
you will have to put the receiver down
and try again later. Nowadays
many people have answerphones, so you may hear,
‘Sorry. I’m not at home at the moment.
Please leave a message after the beep’,
or something similar. If you are calling an office,
the person you are calling may be out, or busy,
or talking on another phone, so a secretary may say:
‘Can you ring back later, please’.
Sometimes you get the wrong number and have to try again.
If you can’t get a number, you can call the operator.
You will have to give the number of the phone
you are calling from, for example,
‘This is 660254’ then the number you require,
for example, ‘I’m trying to get
701444.’ The operator
may be able to put you through. When you finish your conversation
or decide to phone some other time, you put the receiver down,
press the button to get back any unused coins,
or to have your card back, and leave the phone box
to the people who are probably waiting impatiently.

Robin Kshlerin



  1. Loridema69 Loridema Posted on November 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I'm very happy to have found this kind of exercice i think is important to improv my english

  2. Teo Podda Posted on April 5, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    minuto 0,22… dice phone, non telephone.