"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."

Answering Machine

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

There are many types of phone services today to choose from, including cellular, satellite, and even voice over IP phone services, and to make such calls, many phone cards are available. 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.")

HELPFUL TIP : Having an answering machine with a clear message can help your caller know exactly what information they should record (e.g., their name, the time they called, and a short message).

Can using a credit card be a dangerous thing?

2. Listening Exercises
A. Listen to the phone message.

1. What will take place at Bill's house tomorrow?
A. a party
B. a game
C. a dance

2. Why does Hank have to work late?
A. He has to attend a meeting.
B. He has to write a report.
C. He has to close the office.

3. Why is Hank going to visit Lisa after work?
A. because she is sick in bed
B. because he has to return something
C. because he is going to take her to Bill's house

4. Where is Hank going to get the snacks to take to Bill's house?
A. from his house
B. from the store
C. from his work

5. What time will Hank most likely arrive at Bill's house?
A. 7:00 PM
B. 8:00 PM
C. 9:00 PM


1. a game
2. He has to write a report.
3. because she is sick in bed
4. from his house
5. 9:00 PM


Bill: Hey, this is Bill. I'm sorry I'm not in. Just leave a message.


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. I have to work a few extra hours to finish a report. I should wrap things up sometime between seven and eight though. Oh, then I'm planning on dropping by Lisa's house for about an hour since she's been sick recently. And, uh, one more thing. I'll swing by my house to pick up some food for the game. See you then.

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