Telephoning Phrasal Verbs and Prepositions Board Game

Rules of the game: Choose a counter to represent each person (e.g. different erasers or coins) and place them all on square 1. Choose who will start first. That person must a telephone conversation with their partner to solve the problem on the square they are on. They can then move forward a number of squares depending on how well they solved it: Solved the problem and spoke well and politely= move forward 4 squares/ Solved the problem, but with difficulty or not using polite English= move 2 or 3 squares/ Did not find a solution= move forward only one square

1. You don’t know what number to dial 2. You don’t know who to speak to 3. You don’t know which extension to be put through to
6.  The person you want to speak to has his phone off the hook 5. The person you want to speak to is out of the office 4. The person you want to speak to is away from his desk
7. They keep putting you through to someone else 8. The person you want to speak to is on another line 9. You are put on hold for a very long time
12. You were speaking to someone but were cut off 11. You can’t pronounce the name of the person you want to speak to (“Mr. Boisseaux”) 10. You have dialled the wrong number
13. The person you are speaking to gives you lots of numbers very quickly 14. The person you want to speak to is away on a business trip 15. You have phoned the same person many times and they are still not available
18.  You want to leave a message 17. You are put through to the wrong person 16. The mobile of the person you want to speak to is out of order
19. You want the mobile number of the person you want to speak to 20. You get a mobile answer machine 21. The person you speak to can only speak to you for one minute
24. You can’t hear the person’s voice very well 23. The person you speak to is not available for a meeting at the time you would like 22. You mobile battery is running out
25. You have a bad signal on your mobile 26. The person you are speaking to won’t stop speaking and finish the conversation 27. Congratulations, you have finished the game!

Telephoning phrasal verbs and prepositions

“Just a moment”(polite) = “Hold __”(informal) = “Hang __”(very informal)

Start speaking (now) please = “Go ______”

Continue speaking = “Go _______” (informal)

“I’m connecting you”/ “I’ll connect you” (American English) = “I’m putting you __________”/ “I’ll put you through” (British English)

Reach the person you want to speak to/ be connected = “Get ____________”

Find something in a phone book, in a reference book or on a computer = “Look it __”

“Put the phone down” = “Hang __________”

Phone someone who phoned you=“Phone him ____” =“Get ___ to him”

Busy = “Tied ______” (informal)

The line was cut = “I was cut ________”

Check that what you have written down is correct = “Can I read that ________?”/ “Shall I read that __________?” = “Check that _______”

“Speak (a little) louder” = “Speak ________” (very informal)

Answer the phone = “Pick ________”

He’s meeting someone = “He’s ________ a meeting”

“He’s not here” (informal) = “He’s _______ of the office” (polite)

He’s elsewhere in the office = “He’s _________ from his desk”

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