.Making a Telephone Call 打电话(1)
The telephone system in the United States, as in many other countries, has a special number for each region of the country. It is called as "area code". If you know the area code and the phone number, it’s usually cheaper to dial the number yourself. Of course, you must go through an operator to make person-to-person or cllect calls. You can dial direct to many countries
overseas or you can ask for the overseas operator.
B:I’d like to make a collect call to Los Angeles. That’s area code 213-486-2435.
A:And what’s the name of the person you want to speak to?
B:Yes, Operator. I’d like to place a person-to-person call to Chicago. The number is
932-8647, but I don’t know the area code.
A:Who do you want to speak to?
B:I’ll speak to anyone at extension 214.
B:I want to make a person-to-person call to 212-836-1725.
A:And the name of the person you’re calling, please?
B:Ed Cooper. That’s C double O-P-E-R.
B:Operator, I’d like to place a call to Winnipeg, Cananda. The number is 932-0806.
A:What’s the name of the party you’re calling?
B:I’m not sure of the name, but the extension is 211.
(14).Making a Telephone Call 打电话(2)
When using a public telephone, be sure to read the directions carefully before dialing.
1.A:Hello. Can I speak to Yolanda, please?
B:Hold on, please.
B:Sorry, but she’s out.
A:Would you tell her Tom Gray called?
B:I’d be glad to.
2.A:Hello. Is Marie Ward there, please?
B:I’ll see if she’s in.
B:I’m afraid she’s not here.
A:Could you give her a message, please?
B:Yes, of course.
3.A:Hello. Is Mrs. James in, please?
B:Hang on, please.
B:I’m sorry, but I think she’s stepped out.
A:Would you ask her to call Larry Ruskin at 836-2550?
4.A:Hello. Could I please speak to Miss Davis?
B:Just a minute, please.
B:She’s not at here desk right now.
A:Could you tell her to give Doug a call when she gets back? She has my number.
(15).Asking for Directions 问路
People are usually helpful when you ask for directions. You should try to have the exact address and be as specific as possible. Telephone directories are the most common sourse of addresses. Remember that many cities and some towns are built in "blocks". People will often tell you, for example, to "go two blocks and turn right."
1.A:Excuse me, Can you tell me where Main Street is?
B:Turn left at the second light and then go straight for two blocks.
A:Is it far?
B:No. It’s only a five-minute walk.
A:Thanks a lot.
2.A:Excuse me. Could you please tell me how to get to the station?
B:Turn left at the first light. You can’t miss it.
A:Will it take me long to get there?
B:No. It’s not far at all.
Bon’t mention it.
3.A:Can you help me out? I’m trying to find a post office.
B:Go three block and make a right. It’s right there.
A:Should I take the bus?
B:No. It’ll only take about five minutes to walk.
A:Thank you very much.
4.Aardon me. I wonder if you could tell me how to get to Mott Street?
B:Keep going straight for two blocks, then turn right o Elm Street and you’ll run right into
A:Is it too far to walk?
B:Nl. It’s only a little ways.
B:Sure. Have a good day.
(16).Making an Appointment 预约
It is usually necessary to make an appointment with a doctor, dentist or lawyer. You should call as far in advance as possible.
1.A: Would Dr. Block be able to see me at 9:30 tomorrow?
B: I’m sorry, but she won’t have any openings until 11:00, unless there’s a cancellation.
A: Would 1:00 be convenient?
B: Yes, she’s free then.
2.A: I wonder if the dentist could fit me in early tomorrow?
B: I’m afraid there’s nothing available before noon.
A: How about 12:45?
B: Sorry, but she’s busy then too.
3.A: I’d like to make an appointment with Professor Smith. Would 9:00 tomorrow be all right?
B: I’m afraid not. She doesn’t have any openings in the morning.
A: Could I possibly make it early in the afternoon?
B: Nol That’s not good either. But give me your number and I’ll call you if somebody
4.A: Do you think the doctor could see me tomorrow before 9:30?
B: She won’t be in until 10:45, so the earliest would be 11:00.
A: How would 12:45 be?
B: Just a second. I’ll have to check.