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Mobile phone vocabulary: learn to have a phone conversation in Spanish

Let me ask you some questions. What do you never forget when you go out? What do you always have in your hands, your pocket or in your bag? What device do you use to know what the time is, what the weather will look like and many other things? What do you look at more times a day? Where are you reading this post in? If the answer to these questions or even to all of them is your phone, you need to read this post.

There are many and very common words and sentences related to your mobile. Words and sentences that we use many times a day. Here you will find some of the most useful ones.

At the end of this post, you will find two samples of brief phone conversations in Spanish, one formal and one informal. From, we encourage you to practice the different variations that can happen during a phone call. Speaking by phone is more difficult than speaking in person and practicing is the best way to improve. Remember, “la práctica hace al maestro”.

  • To pick up the phone – Contestar al teléfono or Coger el teléfono (España)/Agarrar el teléfono (América Latina)

  • To hang up the phone - Colgar el teléfono

  • To make a call - Hacer una llamada

  • To call back - Devolver una llamada

  • The line is busy - Está comunicando/comunica

  • To have no signal - No tener cobertura

  • I have hardly any signal – Casi no tengo cobertura

  • Text a message – Mandar/enviar un mensaje

  • To be hooked on the pone - Estar enganchado al móvil

  • Missed call - Llamada perdida

  • Hello? (answering the phone)– Diga/Dígame/¿Sí?/Bueno… (the last one is more common in Latin America)

  • It’s John, can I speak to Pedro? - Soy John, ¿puedo hablar con Pedro?

  • Hold on, I have another call - Espera un momento, tengo otra llamada

  • Can you tell him to call me back? - ¿Puedes decirle que me llame?

  • Can I leave a message? - ¿Puedo dejar un mensaje?

Conversation I (informal)

  • Diga - Hello?

  • Hola, soy Juan, ¿está Pedro? - Hi, it’s Juan, is Pedro there?

  • No, acaba de salir. - No, he just went out.

¿Quieres que le diga algo? Do you want me to tell him anything?

  • No, gracias - No, thank you.

  • Muy bien. ¿Algo más? - Ok. Anything else?

  • No, gracias. Adiós - No, thanks. Bye.

  • Adiós. - Bye

Conversation II (formal)

  • Buenos días, dígame - Good morning

  • Buenos días - Good morning

¿Podría hablar con el sr. Pérez? May I speak to Mr. Perez?

  • En estos momentos está reunido - He is in a meeting

¿Quiere dejar algún mensaje? Would you like to leave a message?

  • Sí, podría decirle que he llamado - Yes. Could you tell him that I called him?

Soy Antonio González I’m Antonio Gonzalez

  • Se lo diré. Muchas gracias por su llamada - I’ll do it. Thank you for calling us

  • Gracias a usted. Un saludo. - Thank you. Good bye

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