General Listening Quiz

“Phone Message”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
medium phone message man – girl .50

Pre-Listening Exercise

Make a list of all of the reasons why a person may not be able to take a call (e.g., she’s out of the officehe’s on another line, etc.). When you do take a call, be sure to repeat the caller’s name, number, and message before you hang up to confirm that you have the correct information.


sleep on it” = wait until tomorrow to make a decision
She wanted to sleep on it before making such an important decision.”

right off the bat” = immediately
When I called her yesterday, she told me right off the bat that she was getting married.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the name of the caller?

Caller: Yeah. This is . . . my name's Nick Johnson.

According to the girl, her father ____.

Older Sister: Oh, he can't come to the phone right now.

What is the man's telephone number?

Caller: Yeah if you could tell him. Yeah, the phone number is 589 [Uh-huh] 7248. Older Sister: 589-7248?

The man tells the girl ____.

Caller: Yeah, right and if you could tell him to call me tonight between 7:00 and 8:30?

What does the girl refuse to tell the caller?

Caller: Yeah, now what's your name? Older Sister: I . . . I'm not supposed to tell that.

Post-Listening Exercise

Practice this conversation with a partner. Then write your own telephone conversation by using some of the phrases you came up with in the pre-listening activity.

Online Investigation

At times, people may need a voicemail service to keep track of their incoming messages. In addition, some teachers even use such services to communicate with students and even perform speaking tests. Thus, search online and compare at least two companies that provide voice mail services and compare pricing and features.