On the Phone

On the phone in Spanish
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Por teléfono

The telephone has its own special vocabulary – here are some useful phrases to know when making or receiving phone calls in Spanish.

Quisiera hablar con ___. I'd like to speak to___.
¿De parte de quién?
¿Quién llama?
 Who is calling?
Soy ___. I'm / It's ___.
No cuelgue, por favor. Please hold.
La línea está ocupada.
Está comunicando
 The line is busy.
un teléfono telephone
un teléfono celular cell phone
una llamada phone call
una llamada a cobro revertido collect / reversed charge call
un número de teléfono phone number
una guía telefónica phone book
un tono de marcar dial tone
una cabina de teléfono phone booth
un contestador automático answering machine
Verbs (click for conjugations)
colgar to hang up
dejar un mensaje / recado to leave a message
descolgar to pick up (the phone)
desconectar to cut off
estar to be
llamar por teléfono to call
marcar to dial
ser to be
sonar to ring

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