On the Phone

Unit Objectives

TIME:  3 weeks

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • greet appropriately on the telephone—either as caller or callee.
  • properly employ telephone etiquette or protocol.
  • find out what the person you’ve called is engaged in doing right now.
  • see if that person would be interested in doing something with you either right now or at some time in the future.
  • tell them what you have in mind, and then invite them to do it with you.
  • accept or refuse an invitation
  • negotiate the time, place, or activity with the invitor.
  • leave a voice mail message with your invitation.
  • leave a message with whoever answered the phone for them to convey to the person you wanted to speak with.
  • practice writing any of this, by “texting”.

By the end of this unit, you will have learned:

  • one of the most important uses for the て form:  the progressive verb formation—present, future, and past.
  • Japanese telephone etiquette or protocol—both traditional or conventional, as well as a more modern, contemporary, up–to–date.
  • the Japanese invite others by using a negative question.
  • how to appropriately accept or decline an invitation.