Phone in Spanish

You’ll feel confident speaking on the phone in Spanish after this free audio online lesson. We’ll teach you some useful Spanish words and phrases, including how to answer the phone in Spanish, leave a message in Spanish, and make an international phone call.

Whether you’re on a public telephone, calling from the office, at home, or on your mobile phone, this lesson will help you navigate some simple Spanish phone conversations.

Talking on the phone in Spanish

Answering the Phone in Spanish

There are several ways to answer the phone in Spanish. If you are the person making the call, you will hear on the other end one of the following greetings…

Or, when answering for companies you can also say...

The first Spanish phrase you can say is…

It may not always be necessary to state your name, but it’s good phone etiquette to use a friendly polite greeting depending on the time of day with…

When calling, you may need to ask if someone is there. These are some typical phrases:

Now the person on the other side may ask...

In many cases, you may need to ask your caller to hold on, or need to connect them to the person they’re calling.

Leaving a message in Spanish

What if the person isn’t there?

Talking to someone voice-to-voice may be difficult when having a busy day. So we often communicate by leaving phone messages for each other. You may leave a message on a Contestadora - answering machine, or leave a message with a person.

Speaking to a live person, you can ask to leave a message by saying…

If you are the receiver wanting to ask the caller if he/she would like to leave a message say…

For your message, the easiest would be…

Or, you may simply say...

You can apply the same rules just above to be polite on the answering machine in Spanish too. Typically you can say…

If you need to specify the time for the person to call you back, you can add something like this…

Finally, saying good-bye…here are phrases you can use or may hear on the other end.

For more lessons on Spanish vocabulary I recommend these!​

See you later!  ¡Hasta luego!

Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish


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