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Phone politeness

If we are chatting to our friends on the telephone then our tone is likely to be very relaxed. We will still have to be careful what we say so that we don't accidentally offend people.

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011, 12:00am

Answering the phone at work

This week We look at communication in the workplace

Almost all people have to answer the phone at some point during their work day. Phone calls are important and they have to be dealt with efficiently by the person who picks up the phone. Today, that person is you

Useful Phrases

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

press play

The guilty pleasure of making prank calls is elevated to an art form in Fonejacker, a comedy sketch show on Britain's Channel 4. It features a masked prank caller, played by writer-actor Kayvan Novak, speaking to unsuspecting members of the public in various guises.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Don't be an April Fool

Newspapers and other news providers around the world have come up with some ingenious April Fool's Day pranks to fool gullible audiences.

Here are some of the most famous - and infamous - tricks from over the years.

1957: BBC news show Panorama

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


What did the egg say to the clown?

You crack me up.

What kind of eggs does a confused chicken lay?

Scrambled eggs.

How do baby chicks dance?


Why did the chicken cross the road?

It was too far to go around.

Why did the chickens quit laying eggs?

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


Congratulations to everyone who joined our Easter Egg Competition. We had a tough time judging the hundreds of entries. Here are the winners - and check out more great eggs on page 3.

13-19 winner

Kate Abbott, 15


Lam Vai-jun, 15

3rd place

Freddie Brigham, 17

12 and under winner

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Catch a quickie vow

Valentine's Day may have passed but romance is alive and kicking for local Indian association, the Young Executives Group. The club's name is slightly misleading since it has been around for close to 25 years and most of its members have been married just as long.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

geek humour

Q: What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? A: Make me one with everything.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Don't be chicken to ask

ONE of my junior colleagues was bemoaning the difficulty of getting straight answers out of people at Hong Kong press conferences these days. 'They've all had media training from public relations consultants, and they dodge all the sensitive questions,' he lamented.

This is a tough problem, but it is not insurmountable, this wizened old hack advised him.

3 May 1998 - 12:00am

Humour measured against cultural considerations

One of the most difficult things to understand in another language is humour.

Today's Practice Listening programme on RTHK Radio 4 - between 6.30 pm and 7 pm on MHz 97.6 - 98.9 M Stereo - focuses on jokes.

As you listen, have this page open. The answers to the tasks will be given over the air.

13 Nov 1997 - 12:00am