Sunday, 2 December 2012

Who Are You Calling?

SCENARIO


Imagine you are calling someone on the phone. A relative, a friend or a colleague who is with you is curious and says: "who are you calling?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿A quién llamas?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿A quién llama (usted)?


OUR TIP

Responding should be quite straightforward. However, before you reply, you should decide how you are going to refer to the person you are calling*.


If the person you are calling is a male (his name is Pedro Botero) and you want to refer to him in a formal manner, you could say:
  • Llamo a don Pedro Botero (I am calling Mr. Pedro Botero);
  • Estoy llamando a don Pedro Botero (I am calling Mr. Pedro Botero);
  • Llamo al señor Botero (I am calling Mr. Botero);
  • Estoy llamando al señor Botero (I am calling Mr. Botero);
  • Llamo a mi abogado don Pedro Botero (I am calling my lawyer/ attorney Mr. Pedro Botero);
  • Estoy llamando a mi abogado don Pedro Botero (I am calling my lawyer/ attorney Mr. Pedro Botero);

* NB See examples of replies when calling:

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A quién llamas?

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