Using the telephone


I can't get a dialling tone
the line's engaged
I can't get through at the moment
I'm only getting an answering machine
sorry, you must have the wrong number
can you hear me OK?
I can't hear you very well
it's a bad line
could you please repeat that?
I've been cut off

Directory enquiries

do you know the number for …?
directory enquiries
international directory enquiries
could you tell me the number for …?
the National Gallery
do you know the address?
I'm afraid that number's ex-directory
could you tell me the dialing code for …?

Mobile phones

my battery's about to run out
I need to charge up my phone
I'm about to run out of credit
sorry, I ran out of credit
I can't get a signal
I've got a very weak signal
I'll send you a text
I'll text you later
could I borrow your phone, please?
I'd like a phonecard, please

Sample answerphone message

Thank you for calling.
There's no-one here to take your call at the moment.
Please leave a message after the tone, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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