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How To
 

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- Directions

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- Permission

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- Informal invitations

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- Polite invitations

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- Making an appointment

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- Doctor's questions

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- Get clarification from a doctor

Putting the telephone to good use!

 
Appointments

In this programme, we find out about the language we can use to make an appointment.

We hear how very similar language can be used to make arrangements to see a doctor, a dentist or even to arrange a haircut.

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quiz below!



Useful vocabulary for making appointments

Job Titles  


a plumber


a lawyer



an electrician


someone who repairs and installs equipment to do with water, e.g. pipes, baths, toilets

someone who's an expert in law and advises people on legal matters, also known as a solicitor or an attorney in American English

someone who repairs and installs equipment to do with electricity, e.g. lighting


Services

 

a car service


a haircut


a check-up


a facial


a manicure


a pedicure

an examination and repair of a car to keep it working properly, e.g. an oil change

having your hair trimmed or cut, perhaps to make a new hair style

an examination to make sure you or your teeth are healthy

a beauty treatment to keep the skin on your face healthy

a beauty treatment for your nails, e.g. applying nail polish

a beauty treatment for your feet and toenails, e.g. removing hardened skin from the heels



Language for making appointments

I'd like to

I need to

I want to

book an appointment

to see

with

the doctor

a dentist

my lawyer

Steve

Mrs Saha

the plumber

the electrician

please.


Polite ways to soften a request

Is it possible to

Can I

May I

book an appointment

please?



Language for booking different types of appointments

...for

...to have

a car service

a haircut

a check-up

a facial

a manicure

a pedicure

...to have

my eyes tested

my teeth cleaned

my eyebrows waxed



Prepositions for making appointments

...on

...for

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

...for

today

later today

next week

...at

...for

10 am

3 o'clock

1.30





WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT?

Now here are some tips and a chance for you to have a go at practising the language we've looked at in this programme. Good luck!

A. TIPS

What should we think about before we try to book an appointment?



B. READING ACTIVITY
Six multiple-choice questions on appointments. How well will you do?



Don't have flash?
You can also download a printable version of this activity.

Download Activity (pdf -17k)
 

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