General Listening Quiz


Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy voicemail man 00:34

Pre-Listening Exercises

There are many types of voicemail today to choose from, including mobile, satellite, and landline. However, no matter what service you use, learning how to leave and understand phone messages is important. What questions or requests might you hear in a telephone message (e.g., “Please call me tomorrow.”)


call someone up” = telephone someone
Hey, call me up if you want to get together.”

call on someone” = drop by and visit
I’ll call on you tomorrow around noon.”

Listening Exercises

A. Listen to the phone message and answer the questions.

Bill is going to ______ tomorrow.

Hey Bill. This is Hank. I'm just calling to let you know that I'll be a little late to the game tomorrow night.

Hank has to work late because he needs to _____.

I have to work a few extra hours to finish a report.

Hank is going to visit Lisa because _____.

Oh, then I'm planning on dropping by Lisa's house for about an hour since she's been sick recently.

Hank is going to get snacks at _____.

I'll swing by my house to pick up some food for the game.

Hank will probably finish his work by ____.

I should wrap things up sometime between seven and eight though.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercises

A. Practice leaving a message for a friend for these situations. Use the additional words to add information to the message:

  • You’re sick, and you can’t go to school today. (homework)
  • You want your friend to pick you up after school. (5:30 P.M.)
  • You have to study for a test and play tennis today. (reschedule)

Online Investigations

In what ways has the Internet and technology helped us stay in contact with other people, particularly through the use of mobile phones an online phone answering services. Review two phone companies that offer products or services such as voice mail and call forwarding designed help people communicate better with each other. Then, determine the benefits of such products in terms of cost, effectiveness, and convenience.