Mar 012013

In this BBC How to… make an appointment programme, we find out about the language we can use to make an appointment.
We hear how very similar language can be used to make arrangements to see a doctor, a dentist or even to arrange a haircut.


Job Titles
a plumber

a lawyer
an electrician

someone who repairs and installs equipment to do with water, e.g. pipes, baths, toiletssomeone who’s an expert in law and advises people on legal matters, also known as a solicitor or an attorney in American English

someone who repairs and installs equipment to do with electricity, e.g. lighting

a car service
a haircut
a check-up
a facial
a manicure
a pedicure
an examination and repair of a car to keep it working properly, e.g. an oil changehaving your hair trimmed or cut, perhaps to make a new hair style

an examination to make sure you or your teeth are healthy

a beauty treatment to keep the skin on your face healthy

a beauty treatment for your nails, e.g. applying nail polish

a beauty treatment for your feet and toenails, e.g. removing hardened skin from the heels

Language for making appointments
I’d like toI need toI want to book an appointment to seewith the doctora dentistmy lawyer


Mrs Saha

the plumber

the electrician

Polite ways to soften a request
Is it possible toCan IMay I book an appointment please?
Language for booking different types of appointments
…for…to have a car servicea haircuta check-up

a facial

a manicure

a pedicure

…to have my eyes testedmy teeth cleanedmy eyebrows waxed
Prepositions for making appointments
…on…for MondayTuesdayWednesday
…for todaylater todaynext week
…at…for 10 am3 o’clock1.30

BBC How to… make an appointment Transcript Video


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