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 roi0581 (not verified) on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 20:54

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Yes, I extended a terminal payments to my friend for a year...
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Submitted by nicolam998 on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 12:25

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I don't have a my activity and I don't manage customer directly. Anyway I think that it is useful helping customers if you can do it. In fact if you dont help the customer he could have serious issues and this situation could compromise his future business also with you.

Submitted by Maddalena on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 19:31

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Well, I can't really answer the question because I don't have a company and I'm not a supplier. I just can imagine what I would do or not. I think it depends on the amount of the order. Maybe I could make en exception if the order is not very big and expensive. It also depends on the costumer, I mean... if he's a reliable one, why not ! We have to trust more the people, even if sometimes that's not easy !

Submitted by abushehab56 on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 01:57

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of course, but with consideration for other customers without damaging them

Submitted by riquemecone on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 01:07

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I do not have a company as well. But, in my point of view it is very important to do favours or make exceptions for important and not important clients, but these attitudes shoud not be recurrent. Good luck to everyone and be safe.

Submitted by Marin on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 20:08

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I have learned some new words as a supplier but apart from that it has been very easy to understand since I have understood everything and it has not been a very long audio as it has not been very heavy.

Submitted by Isaac Pedraza 3rE on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 11:14

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This listening wasn't difficult to me. I could follow the listening perfectly and the vocabulary was not very complicated. The activites were short and simple.

Submitted by ademyonet on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 17:53

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Exactly, I did a favour for important clients. For example, a my customer had cash flow ten years ago. He was very hardly, so we helped him. He paid about after two years. Two years ago, an another customer wanted us payment terms extend. we accepted but he didn't do what he said.

Submitted by Masas on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 01:42

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I don't have company so i can't answer this question,but bit as general i did a lot of favours until this moment be the way when you do a favour for someone you are feeling that yourself hape. Notice: If i have some mistake own my massage please correct me .