acknowledgement of receipt
/ əkˈnɒlɪdʒm(ə)nt ɒv, (ə)v rɪˈsiːt /
When I send important documents, like contracts or bills, I always want an acknowledgement of receipt.
/ tan ˈsalɒn /
Some people go to a tanning salon to get a suntan while others buy tanning sprays or creams at a supermarket.
/ ɒnˈlʌɪn ˈbaŋkɪŋ /
I find online banking very practical because I can pay my bills at home after work or at weekends.
to take credit cards
/ teɪk ˈkrɛdɪt kɑːd /
I have to carry some cash though I don't like to because, for example, most taxis don't take credit cards.
csomagot küld külföldre
to send a parcel abroad
/ sɛnd eɪ ˈpɑːs(ə)l əˈbrɔːd /
When we send parcels abroad, we write address in a block capitals to ensure they arrive in time.
/ ˈmeɪnt(ə)nəns, -tɪn- /
If you live in a flat, you have to pay the costs of maintenance and garbage disposal.
lízingel, bérbe vesz
/ liːs /
I leased a car four years ago, and now I have to decide whether to buy it or lease a new one.
to rent a car
/ rɛnt eɪ kɑː /
In Britain it's much cheaper to rent a car than travel by train, though keeping to the left may cause some problems.
/ kɔːl ˈsɒ̃tr(ə), sɑ̃tʀ /
I've heard many complaints about call centres but I've never had any problems, maybe because I'm very polite when dealing with them.
/ ˈgarɑː(d)ʒ, -ɪdʒ, gəˈrɑːʒ /
In autumn and spring I have my tyres changed at the local garage, which provides a very good service.
to take out an insurance policy
/ teɪk aʊt an, ən ɪnˈʃʊər(ə)ns ˈpɒlɪsi /
Whe I travel abroad, I always take out an insurance policy in case of accidents or illnesses.
/ ɒpˈtɪʃ(ə)n /
I go to the optician's every two years to have my eyes checked.
/ ɪˈsteɪt, ɛ- ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nt /
I found a flat to rent through an estate agent when I started university.
to have one's hair highlighted
/ hav wʌn hɛː ˈhʌɪlʌɪt /
I have my hair highlighted every two months and change my haircut about once a year.
to have photos developed
/ hav ˈfəʊtəʊ dɪˈvɛləpt /
We had some photos of our baby daughter developed and framed as a gift for the grandparents.
/ ˈwɒtʃmeɪkə /
I go yearly to the watchmaker's to have my old watch cleaned and to have new batteries installed in my new one.
/ kɑː mɪˈkanɪk /
Nowadays you need a car mechanic even for the smallest repairs, like changing the headlights.
/ drʌɪ ˈkliːnə /
I take my husband's suits and my silk blouses to the dry cleaner's because I'm afraid to put them in the washing machine.
/ transˈfəː /
To save money for rainy days, I transfer a small sum every month from my current account to my savings.
/ ˈdamɪdʒ /
When lighting hit our house, the insurance company paid us damages and we were able to repair the roof.
/ kɪˈrɒpədi /
My grandparents were lucky to find a good chiropodist who makes house calls.
/ baŋk ləʊn /
My sister needed a bank loan to refurbish the house she bought with her savings.
/ ˈfʌɪə brɪˈgeɪd /
I was very impressed when there was a fire alarm at our school and the fire brigade was there in less than five minutes.
/ ɪnˈvɛs(t)m(ə)nt /
I plan to have a very diverse investment portfolio with bonds, shares and life insurance.
to put sb on hold
/ pʊt ɒn həʊld /
I have it when service providers put me on hold when I need to get a problem fixed.
electricity/water meter reader
/ ˌɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪti, ˌɛl-, ˌiːl- ˈwɔːtə ˈmiːtə ˈriːdə /
I find it annoying that electricity and water meter readers mostly come at very inconvenient times.
/ skratʃ kɑːd /
When I pay my bills at the post office, I often buy a scratch card to try my luck.
classified ads / advertisements
/ ˈklasɪfʌɪd ad ədˈvəːtɪzm(ə)nt, -tɪs- /
The Internet has largely replaced classified ads as a tool for finding professionals who provide different kinds of services.
/ ˈpriːmɪəm /
I think it is worth paying a higher premium on travel insurance to get proper care at a good hospital if I have an accident.
/ ˈmʌni bak gar(ə)nˈtiː /
I managed to find a painter who gave a money-back guarantee for the job he did on my doors and window-frames.