ENG 099 Conversational American English Atom 5: Formal Telephone English (Revision: March 12, 2013 at 02:58)

ENG 099 Conversational American English (Dec. 2012) Atom 5:

Formal Telephone English

This atom is an introduction to formal telephone English that you can use for work, business, talking to a teacher or other formal conversations.


  • Please study these vocabulary words before doing the reading and video watching below.


  • Please watch and take notes on the video below from 7:45 to 15:26 [6 minutes 19 seconds] to see “Formal Telephone English” explained by Mr. Danoff.
  • If you can’t see the video below, click here to watch it on YouTube.


  • In the comments below answer the following 3 questions:
    • Did you like the text, yes or no?
    • Why?
    • Why do you think Della is not happy?
  • Please leave your answer in the comments, or via FacebookP2PU and/or Wikiversity.

Copyright Notes

  • Please respect the copyright plus terms and conditions of all links and media not by Charlie Danoff.
  • Atom Text Copyright © 2012 by Charlie Danoff. Rights given a CC Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
  • Christmas Short Story 1 of 10 adapted from “The Gift of the Magi,” part of O. Henry’s 1906 collection of  Short Stories “The Four Million.” Public Domain in the US, because it  was published in the US before 1923 and therefore is in the public  domain due to copyright expiration.
  • Librivox Recording of The Gift of the Magi Album Art Cover design by Janette  Brown. This design is in the public domain per the PDF.
  • Portrait of Porter from frontispiece in his collection of short stories, Waifs and Strays. O. Henry. “William Sydney Porter, Wiafs and Strays frontispiece” via Wikimedia Commons. By unattributed (Austin History Center, Austin Public Library). The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923. This media file is in the public domain in the United States.


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