Telephone Conversations in English
Having a telephone conversation in a second language can be very stressful. If you don�t know what to say, it is very common to feel nervous in any conversation. This is true even when speaking in your native tongue. One of the main reasons people get nervous is because they aren�t prepared and know they might make mistakes during the conversation.
To improve confidence on the phone you must learn what to say.
The first thing you should do to improve your telephone communication ability is to start out small by learning simple vocabulary and phrases. It is very common for learners of a language to jump right into a conversation without knowing any basics. Start by knowing different greetings. Then gradually work up to full simple conversations, then more and more difficult ones.
It is so easy when learning English to try to do too much too soon and then get frustrated with not being able to speak as you had imagined. It is the same with learning anything. It would be great if you could buy a guitar and then immediately play your favorite song. Unfortunately, this isn�t the case (for most of us anyway). You have to start small, gradually developing skills and slowly working up to something more difficult.
Relax and enjoy yourself as well. Everyone knows learning a language can be frustrating! Don�t worry if you make mistakes. Native speakers of English understand that you won�t say everything the exact same way that they would. You shouldn�t feel that you can�t make any mistakes, no one expects you to be perfect.
In the upcoming articles on English telephone conversations, we will give many examples of sentences and phrases you should know. From the start until the end of a telephone conversation we will go over everything all the way from greetings to goodbyes.