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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing telephoning matters.

answering machine (UK also answerphone) - an electronic device that answers the telephone and records messages
call back - return or repeat a telephone call
cordless telephone - a telephone which is not having a cord
dial - a movable disc on a telephone, with finger-holes and numbers for making a connection
dialling code, (US area code) - a series of numbers used before the main telephone number when you telephone someone outside your own town or area
dialling tone, (US dial tone) - a continuous sound which tells you that a telephone is connected to the telephone system and is ready to be used
direct line, extension - any of a number of telephones connected to a switchboard in a large building such as an office
engaged - unavailable for use by anyone else, busy
headset - headphones combined with a microphone, they are used in call centers and by people in telephone-intensive jobs
hold the line - hold the phone line open
home phone number - the telephone number at the house or apartment where you live
hot line - a direct line of communication
local call - a telephone call made within a local calling area
long-distance call - a telephone call made outside the local calling area
mobile phone - a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections (cells), each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
operator - an agent that operates a telephone
pay phone - a coin-operated telephone
phone call - a telephone connection
phone card - a card that is used instead of cash to make telephone calls
phone number - the number which is used when calling a particular telephone
put through - connect by telephone
speakerphone - a telephone which you can use without having to hold any part of it in your hand
switchboard - telephone central where circuits are completed with patch cords
telephone box - booth for using a telephone
telephone directory - a directory containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers and their telephone numbers
telephone receiver - a part of a telephone that contains the earpiece
Yellow Pages - a telephone directory or section of a directory (usually printed on yellow paper) where business products and services are listed alphabetically by field along with classified advertising

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

A dial tone (known in the UK as a dialling tone is a telephony signal used to indicate that the telephone exchange is working and is ready to accept a call.

More and more often users are finding their home phone numbers listed in Google.

The dialling code is the national prefix which is used when dialing to a particular country from another country.

Pay phones are often found in public places such as airports or train stations and on street corners.

Prepaid phone cards often offer lower international long distance calls than regular long distance services from major phone companies.


   






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