Speaking on the phone in a foreign language is always harder than speaking face-to-face, but it’s an excellent way to improve your listening skills, and it’s frequently necessary.

Hola, soy Fernando = Hello, this is Fernando speaking.

¿Quién habla? = Who is that?

¿Puedo hablar con Sergio por favor? = Can I speak to Sergio please? Alternatively, the locals tend to just say, “Con Sergio, por favor”.

Un momento, por favor. = Just a minute, please.

¿Analaura se encuentra? = Is Analaura around?

¿Puedo dejarle un mensaje? = Can I leave him / her a  message?

¿Sabe cuándo vuelve? = Do you know when he / she will be back?

¿Puede decirle que me llame? = Can you ask him / her to call me?

¿Cómo? = I’m sorry? / Pardon?

No (te) escucho bien. = I can’t hear (you) very well.

Dale = Yes, OK

Ta = Yes, OK (short for “está bien”)

Tamos = short for “estamos”, it is used to finalise an arrangement or agreement. Nos vemos a las 5 entonces? Dale, tamos, chau!

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 13: Text messages | Mensajes


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