A phone call from a customer

Listen to the phone call from a customer to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Transcript

Junko: Hello, Junko Mori speaking. How can I help you?

Andrea: Hi, Junko, it's Andrea here from Red Band. I'm calling about our latest order.

Junko: Everything arrived OK, right? We got the delivery confirmation at our end.

Andrea: Yes, everything's fine with the order. I'm calling about the invoice and the payment terms. I need a favour.

Junko: A favour? What do you need?

Andrea: This is a little, er ... difficult, but I need an extension on the payment terms. I know they're usually 30 days, but we're having some cash flow problems. You'd really be helping us out if you could extend it to 60 days.

Junko: I'm not sure if I can do that, Andrea. We've got regulations at our end, and also have to manage our own cash flow.

Andrea: I promise this won't become the norm, Junko. Actually, I also want to place another new order. The same size order as last time. It's for an important customer and they pay on delivery.

Junko: I see. So your cash flow problem will be solved after this new order is delivered.

Andrea: Exactly.

Junko: That sounds good. Hold on, Andrea. Let me see what I can do. Yes, I think we can make an exception this time.

Andrea: That's great, Junko. I appreciate your help.

Junko: And we appreciate your business, Andrea. It works both ways.

Andrea: Thanks again, Junko. Can you send me a quick email confirmation of the payment terms extension?

Junko: Sure, no problem. We're happy to help you.

Andrea: Great. And I'll email you the new order.

Junko: Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for it. Talk to you soon.

Andrea: You too. Goodbye.

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Submitted by mehrazin on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 19:55

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Hello there Yes I do. I always try to offer so many options for our customers .Actually its so necessary to keep our clients as permanent customers . CRM is so important in any marketing . clients should use any possible offers and discounts as well. we send to them happy birth day messages on their birthday . our customers have payment terms and i always make some exceptions for them like extension on the payment term and we sometimes get in touch with all the customers. All the best Mehrazin
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Submitted by arradfar on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 16:59

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would you please put an offline downloadable of transcript and tasks pdf file? I appreciate your help in advance.
Hello arradfar We are working on creating worksheets in PDF format. Sometime in the next few weeks you should be able to find one on this and all the other Skills pages. All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Eslam Atta on Thu, 18/04/2019 - 05:57

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Yes when i was worked in pharmaceutical company we made extention for payment .to our customers

Submitted by MikeToledo on Mon, 15/04/2019 - 23:44

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I think it's very important to talk our clients about terms of payment, but if the customer is very important to us, We can do exceptions for helping them, however, We must define the time that We will give them to pay.

Submitted by Akmal on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 17:09

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Hello everyone I often make exceptions for clients i work with. For example, doing good discounts for permanent customers. By the way thats help me keep in touch with them.

Submitted by DOMINIQUE on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 09:14

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sometime i do a favour for an important client

Submitted by DOMINIQUE on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 09:12

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it is not easy to help but sometime it is possible

Submitted by DOMINIQUE on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 09:04

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it is my first atempt so i do not have to write now