Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Who Is Talking?

Introduction


This deals with handling telephone calls, and in particular identifying yourself to a caller.





SCENARIO





Imagine you call someone on the phone. Having exchanged the customary greetings, the other person says : "who is speaking?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿Con quién hablo?



OUR TIP

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




If you are a female (name, Mary Brown) and you want to refer to yourself in a formal manner, you could say:
  • Con doña1 Mary Brown (Mrs Mary Brown);
  • Con la señora Brown (Mrs Brown);
  • Con la señorita Brown (Miss Brown);

Notes
*See examples of replies if you were a:
1. Spanish title doña (English equivalent Mrs) is used with given names and not with just surnames (in some parts its use is less common).

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Con quién hablo?

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