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INTRODUCTION
Buying Phone Cards in the United Kingdom
These days it’s hard to imagine life without a mobile phone. But while travelling, it may be too expensive to use your phone from home because of the high roaming charges. So in this lesson, we’ll look at ways to save money by using some traditional forms of communication!
SURVIVAL PHRASES
A very convenient way to make international calls from the UK is to buy a phone card. To ask if a shop has any cards, you could say: “Do you have any international phone cards?” We start this sentence with the question form ‘do you have any’, followed by the item you want, ‘international phone cards’. “Do you have any international phone cards?”
The answer to this request will either be ‘yes, we do’, or, ‘no, we don’t’. If the shop does have the cards, then you’ll have to choose how much you want to spend.
Phone cards usually come in denominations of £5, £10, or £20. For this example, we’ll ask for a £5 card. In this situation, you would say: “Could I have a £5 phone card, please?” So, we start with the polite request, ‘could I have’, followed by the item you want, ‘a £5 phone card’, and finally ‘please’. “Could I have a £5 phone card, please?”
You can change this request by replacing £5 with £10 or £20.
If you just want to make a quick phone call, then you could use a payphone. However, it can be quite hard to find payphones in the UK these days, because most people have mobile phones. So you will probably need to ask somebody: “Is there a payphone near here?”
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- Do you have any international phone cards?
- Could I have a five pound phone card please?
- Is there a pay phone near here?

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Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!

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Hi listeners! When you go on vacation, do you use your phone or decide to forget the world for a little while?