These days we’re communicating more over the internet than ever before. We use services like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and other software to connect with our work colleagues, teachers, friends and family.
In this podcast, we’ll help you with some vocabulary and expressions for when you speak in English using VoIP.
Voice message from Quique from Valencia
the record (recording)
3 useful sentenCES
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
When push comes to shove – We’re a bit short of money at the moment. If push comes to shove, we might have to sell the car.
Be that as it may (you accept that a piece of information is true but it does not change your opinion of the subject you are discussing) –
Some students study English all day, every day. Be that as it may, you need to speak English in order to improve your fluency.
I happened to…(by chance) Do you happen to know the time?
Voice message from Sonia from Barcelona (living in Berlin)
I was listening TO my own voice
Chocolate – AIRC353
Can you hear/see me?
(I’m afraid) I’ve lost you (again).
How do I sound?
Is your webcam/microphone on?
There’s a lot of noise in the background
Would you mind muting yourself/hitting the mute button?
Can/Could you unmute yourself/turn on your microphone, please?
Can/Could you turn on your video/camera, please?
You’re very faint. I can barely hear you. Can you turn it up/down?
You’re breaking up.
What browser are you using?
Are you on a Mac or PC? /mobile/tablet/laptop/desktop
Shall I call you back? / Would you like me to call you back?
Do you have enough bandwidth?
Are you on WiFi (or cable)?
Try using a wired connection.
Let’s change from video to audio.
Would you prefer to call me on the phone?
You sound great! / I can hear/see you perfectly.
You’re back again (now).
I’m sharing my screen. Can you see it?
Can you write it in the chat?
I’m going to send you a document in/through the chat.
Can/could you download and save that (on to your computer), please?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’