Spelling in English

A customer wants to open a bank account. Listen to the conversation between the clerk and the customer, and learn how they spell their names in English.

Clerk First, I need some information for the form. So, what’s your title? Is it Mister?
Customer Yes, it is.
Clerk And what’s your first name?
Customer It’s Teodor.
Clerk Is that T-H-E-O… ?
Customer No, it isn’t. It’s T-E-O-D-O-R. Teodor.
Clerk Thank you, and what’s your surname?
Customer It’s Makk.
Clerk How do you spell that, please?
Customer It’s M-A-double-K.
Clerk M-A-double-K. Thank you. How old are you, Mr. Makk?
Customer I’m thirty-five.
Clerk OK. And you’re male, of course. Are you married?
Customer I’m divorced.
Clerk What’s your nationality?
Customer I’m Polish.
Clerk OK. And what do you do?
Customer I’m a nurse.
Clerk  What’s your address?
Customer It’s 29 Wickham Street – That’s W-I-C-K-H-A-M – Wickham Street, Bristol.
Clerk And what’s your postcode?
Customer It’s B56 7PK.
Clerk What’s your phone number?
Customer It’s 07213 893214.
Clerk And that’s a mobile number.
Customer Yes, it is.
Clerk  What about an email address?
Customer Yes, It’s teomakk1, that’s T-E-O-M-A-K-K-1 at makk.net.
Clerk OK. Thank you. Now which…


Language Note: WH-questions with “to be”

WH-questions have the same word order as Yes/No questions.

  • Is your name Teodor? (Yes/No question)
  • What is your name? (wh-question)
  • Are you 36 years old? (Yes/No question)
  • How old are you(wh-question)
  • Is your dog over there? (Yes/No question)
  • Where is your dog(wh-question)