[English vocabulary to help you talk about mobile phones // Słówka angielskie - telefon komórkowy]
Can you imagine living without a mobile phone? The arrival of mobile phones has made things so much easier. You can look up the number (=check the number) in your telephone address book and call the person straightaway. If you cannot get through (=connect and talk to the person you wanted), because someone's phone has been muted (=made quiet), there is voice mail (=a system of leaving messages for users who couldn’t be reached) so that a message may be left on it. Problems begin to crop up when someone is out of reach (=in a place where the cell phone isn’t working properly), because you are likely to be cut off (=stop hearing what the other person is saying) every now and then, or when their battery is low (=almost used-up) as it needs recharging (=connecting to electricity for some time). You may also find yourself in an embarrassing situation when you forget to switch the phone off (=turn it off) at the theatre or church! Of course, if you don’t have a pay monthly plan (=where you pay a set amount of money per month), but you use a pre-paid service (=where you decide how much you spend by buying special cards), you will need to buy a top-up card (=a card which increases your funds for calling) from time to time not to run out of funds in the middle of a call. Some scientists also believe that long-time exposure (=the use of something over a long period of time) to the cell phone’s radiation may be harmful to users. The cell phone is a great invention but you don't really need to be on your mobile (=have the phone on and be able to accept a call) all the time, do you?
Match the words from both columns to make correct expressions.
2. out of
7. get cut
8. get through
11. look up
12. switch your
a/ phone off
b/ your phone
d/ to someone
h/ a battery
k/ on your mobile
m/ a number
Complete the questions with missing words and answer the questions for yourself. Put one word into a gap.
1. Have you ever forgotten to ____________ your phone before going to a meeting/church etc. and it started to ring? What did you do? How did you feel?
2. How do you feel about leaving messages on _________ _________?
3. Would you accept a job which would require being _______ your ________ 24 hours a day?
1. switch off
2. voice mail
3. on, phone