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"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."

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Phone Message
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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 office, he'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.

HELPFUL TIP: Using calling cards is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family overseas because they can be used from any phone.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the name of the caller?
A. Nick
B. Nate
C. Neil

2. According to the girl, her father:
A. is not home.
B. is on another line.
C. can't come to the telephone.

3. What is the man's telephone number?
A. 598-7482
B. 587-4728
C. 589-7248

4. The man tells the girl:
A. that he will call again sometime after 7:00 PM.
B. to ask her father to call him later.
C. that he will drop by around 8:30 PM.

5. What does the girl refuse to tell the caller?
A. her age
B. her name
C. her address

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Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Practice this conversation with a partner. Then write your own telephone conversation by using some of the phrases you came up with in the prelistening activity.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
At times, people may need a voice mail service to keep track of their incoming messages. In addition, some teachers even use such services, including Google Voice, 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.

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