A phone call from a customer

A phone call from a customer

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

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



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 Saxavat on Wed, 22/02/2023 - 03:01


Thanks for the great opportunity to improve our english language.

Submitted by lizbeth o. on Tue, 21/02/2023 - 01:34


She made an exception by mentioning that she would order the same size. However, Ella is right when she states that it "works both ways."

Submitted by TTTTWWW on Fri, 17/02/2023 - 07:43


No, because I am not working with clients directly.

Submitted by falnuhian on Thu, 16/02/2023 - 11:54


yes of course , I Think provide help and favours for customer its basically the successful of partnership .

Submitted by Grumphyna on Sat, 11/02/2023 - 16:02


I think that She made an exception because He said He would order the same size. But She is right when she says that "It works both ways". I believe It is a mutual confidence.

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Submitted by Kyaw Hla Win on Thu, 02/02/2023 - 06:46


Good problem solving skill

Submitted by ezebalabui on Wed, 01/02/2023 - 10:14


I think that this depends on each client, if they are a good client who makes a lot of purchases every month and always meets the payment deadlines, I can make an exception.

Submitted by samizmt on Tue, 24/01/2023 - 17:18


yes i did this kind of favours many times but it deppends on how importants is this client

Submitted by megdad hassan on Sun, 15/01/2023 - 07:53


No, I didn't because I don't work in a business track that put in this situation.but in my personal life I did an exception a lot of time.