Do you find it difficult to learn and remember phrasal verbs? A lot of students say it's one of the most difficult things about learning English. One way to learn them is by topic so here is a list of phrasal verbs which are useful for talking about telephone calls.
= become difficult to understand because of a bad connection
Sorry I can't hear you very well. You're breaking up.
= call again later or return a call
I'm a bit busy right now. Can I call you back later?
= unexpectedly disconnect
I was talking to my mum on my mobile but I was cut off when the train went through a tunnel.
= stop using the phone
When is she going to get off the phone?! She's been talking to her friends for hours!
I tried calling the hospital many times but I just couldn't get through.
hold on / hang on
= wait a moment
Could you hold on a moment, please?
= end a phone call
I know you're upset but please don't hang up!
= answer a ringing phone
Nobody's picking up. Maybe they are not home.
= redirect a call, often from the reception desk
I'll just put you through to the manager.
= talk more loudly
Sorry, I can't hear you. Could you speak up, please?
You might also like this post on phrasal verbs for relationships.
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