Jun 202013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: A phone with a fixed line, called a landline, might seem like a thing of the past.

The popularity of mobile phones these days appears to be killing off the home phone, with four in five phone numbers being mobile phone numbers.

But how has this changed the way we live and the atmosphere in our offices?

Rob and Feifei discuss if this really is the death of the landline, and we learn some language related to telephone calls.

This week’s question:

How many landlines do you think there are, for every thousand people?

a) 2.9

b) 29

c) 290

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


landline telephone: a fixed line, or wired phone
white collar work: office or other work where people dress smartly
voicemail: voice messages left on a phone
text: SMS
following up on: following a message with another message or call
efficiency: fast, effective working
control: the power to decide
screening calls: checking who is calling before deciding whether to answer
buzz: busy, exciting atmosphere

6 Minute English – The death of the landline Transcript Video


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