Curious Question #13 –Answering machine/voice mail greetings

How do I leave a greeting in English on my answering machine at work? There are standard messages and there are more special, funny ones. Listen to this podcast to hear professional messages and Harp and Maura sing!


Expressions included in the learning materials

  • Answering machine / voicemail
  • Reached
  • Message
  • The tone/the beep
  • Just kidding
  • I got you there
  • Here we go

Sample transcript

Maura: Hello. This is Karen. I’m either on the phone or away from my desk.
Please leave a detailed message and I’ll call you back as soon as possible. Thanks.
Harp: Something like that sounds good. If you want to leave someone else to contact, you can say, “If you need immediate assistance dial zero”. Or “If you need assistance right away please call 514-1232-2323”.
Maura: That is not our real number so don’t try calling. And your average answering machine in a home is not that different. You can say the names of the people, the family name or the phone number. Here are some more examples.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips