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Telephoning in English – Part 3

Clarifying


spelling

Could you spell that please?
How do you spell that, please?

repeating

I’m sorry I didn’t catch that.
I’m sorry, could you repeat that please?
I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, could you please speak up a little?
Would you mind speaking a little slower?

asking for the name/company

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.
Could you please repeat you name?
What was the name of the company please?
Can I just check your name? I’ll spell it.

asking when somebody is available

When will he be back/available?
When is a good time to call?

asking somebody if they can call back later

I’m a little busy at the moment, would you mind calling me back later?
I’m afraid I can’t talk right now, would you please call me back later?
Could I call you back later? I’m a bit tied up right now.

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