There are a number of idioms and phrasal verbs used regarding the telephone and telephone calls. Let’s check them out!
Most people these days have cellular telephone. This hand-held portable telephone is called a mobile phone in many parts of the world, but in the USA, in American English, we call it a cell phone. Cell phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android are called smart phones.
- I have a cell phone.
- Brad just got a new cell phone.
When you want to speak with someone, you call them. (British English also uses “ring”)
- Call me on my cell phone tomorrow after 5:30.
- Jack calls his mother once a week.
When someone calls you, your phone rings and you answer it.
- My phone is ringing.
- The phone is ringing, can someone answer it?
- Is that the phone ringing? I’ll get it. (I’ll get it means I’ll answer it)
While you are having a telephone conversation, you are on the phone.
- Angelina was on the phone with Brad for over an hour.
- It looks like everyone in the office is on the phone.
At the end of the phone call, you hang up the phone.
- Bill! Hang up the phone, you’ve been talking for two hours.
- After I hung up with Jane, Tony called me. (You can also hang up with someone)
These days, more and more people in the USA are trading their home phones for cell phones. How about in your county? Do you have a house phone, or just a cell phone, or both?
Do you like pizza? I certainly do! I especially like the pizza at Lombardi’s, the most famous and excellent pizza place in New York. I would guess that almost all people on the planet earth like pizza. And that, my friends, is the point of this lesson. A very common mistake I hear is this:
X Almost people like pizza X
Please be careful, ok… We don’t say almost people. The correct phrase is:
Almost all people like pizza - OR - Most people like pizza. ← Both are ok and mean the same thing.
How about in your country? What food do almost all people there like to eat?
Did you know that in English we have an expression which goes like this:
April showers bring May flowers.
This means that all of the rain in the month of may will result in lots of flowers growing in May. Interesting? Well, the main point of this lesson is about rain. Many people who study English have learned the idiom, “It’s raining cats and dogs” which means, “it’s raining very hard.” The truth is, that is a very old expression and we don’t really use it very much, at least not in American English. What we do say, and what you can say in this situation is,
Please add this expression to your everyday conversation and leave the “pets” in your notebook ! Is it pouring where you are today?