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
Contestador automático / Máquina Contestadora
La guía telefónica / Directorio telefónico
El teléfono móvil del coche
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...
This is (name) / (Name) speaking
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:
¿Me puede comunicar con…?
May (Could / Can) I speak to?
¿Me puede comunicar con la extensión…?
¿Se encuentra el Doctor …?
Now the person on the other side may ask...
¿Quién habla? / ¿Quién es?
Who is speaking? / Who is it?
In many cases, you may need to ask your caller to hold on, or need to connect them to the person they’re calling.
Can you hold on a moment?
Espere un momento, por favor.
Un momento / un segundo, por favor.
Voy a transferir su llamada
I'm transferring your call.
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…
¿Puedo dejarle un recado?
May I leave him / her a message?
If you are the receiver wanting to ask the caller if he/she would like to leave a message say…
Could (Can / May) I take a message?
¿Desea que le indique quién lo/la llamó?
Could (Can / May) I tell him / her who is calling?
Would you like to leave a message?
For your message, the easiest would be…
Favor de llamar a Pedro a 901-0392.
Please call Pedro at 901-0392.
Or, you may simply say...
Llamaré/Intentaré más tarde.
You can apply the same rules just above to be polite on the answering machine in Spanish too. Typically you can say…
Hola Itzel. Habla Mauricio. Favor de llamarme a 305-0394. Gracias, adios.
Hi Itzel. This is Mauricio, Please call me at 305-0394. Thanks, bye.
If you need to specify the time for the person to call you back, you can add something like this…
Favor de llamarme el miércoles a las 10 de la mañana.
Please call me Wednesday at 10am.
Finally, saying good-bye…here are phrases you can use or may hear on the other end.
Gracias, muy amable, adiós.
Thank you, you have been very kind.
Gracias, nos vemos, chao.
See you later! ¡Hasta luego!