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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