How to talk in English on Phone

A Role Play

How to Talk in English on Phone
How to Talk in English on Phone
  • Today we’re going talk about “How to Not Ruin” your telephonic conversation in English.
  • Let’s give a start to this blog with a role play.
  • Suppose, Vanesha who is a fluent English speaker is calling her friend Mansi after so many years. They are childhood friends but Vanesha went to study in a convent school where she got a lot of exposure and she speaks English like a native speaker.
  • While on the other hand, Mansi finished her education from a state board in a Hindi medium school, where she was taught a lot of grammar but communication was never her best forte.
Now let’s see how this conversation will be like
Vanesha– ‘Hey’
Mansi– “Hello”
Vanesha– “Hello, is this Mansi?’
Mansi– Ji. aap kaun?.
Vanesha– Mansi, I’m Vanesha. didn’t you recognize me?’
Mansi– ‘umm.. aha..Hello Vanesha.HOOW…..KAISI HO?
Vanesha– I’m doing wonderful. How have you been? It’s been so long since we last met.
Mansi– Yes, han han, I am GOOD GOOD. YOU tell?
Vanesha-‘I am absolutely fine. Thanks :), I can’t believe we’re finally speaking – it was quite difficult to find your number. Anyhow – long time – whats up?
Mansi– ha ha long time, So what.. – tum kya kari ho aaj kal?
Vanesha– I am doing my Masters from Delhi. I am in town for couple days and I really hope we could meet. Do you have time tomorrow to catch up over coffee?
Mansi: WOW.. arre wah – Lets meet. Let’s meet..Kal milte hai fir
Vanesha– Yeah, Awesome, So tell me a good place here?
Mansi – Good place…umm ah – how , CCD kaisa rahega?
Vanesha– that will be great. I’ll see you tomorrow old friend.
Mansi – Great, Great..Milte hai kal.
Vanesha– It was really nice chatting with you. Bye bye Mansi Take care
Mansi– Bye.. Bye Vanesha.So you saw that Mansi could not talk fluently to her friend in English. Leave fluently, she was not even comfortable. And you know why? Because she we literally trying to translate her emotions from Hindi to English and she was failing back to back and that ruined her confidence in the conversation.
So now, let’s see how this conversion can be corrected and carried out in the right way.
Mansi– ‘Hello, may I know whom am I speaking to?
Vanesha– ‘Hello I am Vanesha. Is this Mansi?
Mansi– Hello Vanesha. Yes, this is Mansi. How have you been?
Vanesha– ‘I am absolutely fine. What about you?’
Mansi– I’m sorry you are inaudible.
Vanesha-‘Hello? Mansi is there some network issue?
Mansi– No. I can hear you now.
Vanesha– It’s been ages since we last met. Let’s meet soon.
Mansi– Exactly. How about tomorrow?
Vanesha– Yes. I’m free tomorrow. What about Starbucks ..1 pm?
Mansi– Yes. sure. see you tomorrow then.
Vanesha– Okay then. Byee.
Mansi– Bye, Vanesha.

Do you daily role play practice like this? That is the only way you can perform in situations like this, which are not that bad,  just your brain has to do more work, hence the pressure is seen in front and it spoils your performance.

One simple solution is to consider that no issues, let’s talk in Hindi only. But when your friend who speaks so good English is calling you after a long time then you can’t say that so easy to carry out the conversation in Hindi only as you are still that old friend. No, this is not that easy as you have a gap now.

And if you have made up your mind that you have to talk in English only and if you want to make a good impression then you should get used to such conversations by hanging out with friends who talk in English and gradually you’ll learn a decent one.


But if you think like you can not hang out with friends, who speak good English, it’s a little embarrassing, then – don’t feel down. We’ll fix this problem.
Just download the EngVarta app on your smartphone, where you can practice your spoken English with experts who will help you prepare for such conversations.


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How To Talk With A Fellow Teacher On Your First Day Of School?

How To Talk With A Fellow Teacher On Your First Day Of School?
How To Talk With A Fellow Teacher On Your First Day Of School?
  • Teachers are an integral part of our life, at various stages of one’s life the role of a teacher or a mentor is unquestionable. Taking the responsibility of a teacher is not a child’s play, the future of many lives is in your hands.
  • Therefore, we salute all teachers and send across warm wishes and hugs along with congratulations to all the young teachers out there, who are stepping in the world of education providers.
  • We understand your nervousness for your first day as a teacher and you need to make a good impression not just for students, but also for your fellow teachers thus we offer our services to make this day as memorable as possible.

During your teaching career, you will get an opportunity to meet many teachers who will teach you something new and sometimes you’ll teach them. And its foundation will begin right from your first day when you will meet your fellow teachers and talk to them.
Don’t spoil this opportunity of making an impression just because you are nervous or aren’t confident.

Let us all take you through some basic communication tips for your first day at school.


1. Greet everyone well
Well, this is “the basic etiquette” to follow each day, every day with everyone. When you go to the Staff room or you are introduced to fellow teachers, then you should say Good Morning or hello with a smile.

Making a firm handshake is often taken as a sign of confidence. So, when you are meeting someone individually, then tell your name while shaking hands with them. Please note that if someone has already introduced you, do not repeat your name, just say hello and ask how you are?

Most importantly, always keep a smile on your face and make an eye contact while greeting them. Making an eye contact while conversation demonstrates your confidence and builds a little trust level.


2. Conversation starters
Mostly, the other teacher will start the conversation first out of curiosity. They will be interested in knowing about your college, your education, how are you feeling, how did you find the school, etc. Pre-prepare the answer to such questions beforehand so that you can answer them confidently.
Keep your answers brief, not too small and not too long either.

Let’s just say they do not start the conversation first and it comes up to you, pre – prepare what you can ask as well to avoid awkward silences. Your questions can start from how they are doing? As you haven’t already asked that.

Next, ask them about the class, subject they teach, how long they have been teaching and all. Make sure to include some questions related to attendance sheet, coursework, school rules, etc. while you are at it, as this will reflect your sincerity towards your job.


Now take care of two things here –

Firstly, do not ask any personal questions like their marital status or kids etc.. Or school related questions like how’s the school or does the salary come on time or not, as these questions might make the other person uncomfortable.
Secondly, do listen carefully when someone is answering your questions. For one, you will get new questions to ask. For example, if they say that they have studied in Punjab, you can always quote the obvious question about the food of Punjab.

On the other hand, you can easily predict whether the person in front of you have any interest in talking to you or not. If he doesn’t respond properly or not interrogating you for anything, then you should be silent.


3. Show your nervousness
Not just this helps making you a better impression, but arriving early allows you to reign in your anxiety and prepare yourself for the interview. No one wants to see a sweaty person walking in and apologizing for the delay.
Arriving on time also reflects upon your commitment for the job. Please note before time means 15 – 20 minutes before the scheduled time. No one would appreciate you for sitting on the office stairs waiting for them while the office is still getting cleaned.


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