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French Telephone Vocabulary & Phrases

French Telephone Vocabulary & Phrases

What are the most common French telephone vocabulary words and phrases?

The most common French telephone vocabulary words and phrases are “Allô!” (Hello!), “C’est ___ à l’apareil” (This is __ speaking), “Est là / n’est pas là” (Is here / isn’t here), “Un moment / patientez” (Wait, hold), “un téléphone portable” (mobile phone) and un téléphone (telephone). Keep reading to learn how to talk on the telephone in French.

Image: Woman talking on telephone.

Essential French phrases for the phone

Beginning of the call

  • Hello Allô!
  • This is ___ speaking C’est ___ à l’apareil.
  • Is there, please? Est-ce que _ est là s’il vous plaît?
  • Yes, _ is here. Oui, _ est là.
  • No, _ is not here. Non, _ n’est pas là.
  • Hi. I’d like to talk to ___ please. Bonjour! Je voudrais parler à ___, s’il vous plaît.
  • Could you put me on the line with ___, please? Pourriez-vous me passer à ___ s’il vous plaît?
  • Hold on for a moment, please. Veuillez patientez quelques instants.
  • Who’s calling, please? C’est de la part de qui ?
  • May I ask why you’re calling? C’est à quel sujet?
  • One moment, please. Un moment, s’il vous plaît.
  • One moment please. Une petite seconde, s’il vous plaît.
  • Stay on the line. Ne quittez pas.
  • Could you call later? Pourriez-vous rappeler un peu plus tard ?
  • I’ll put him/her on the line. Je vous le/la passe.
  • I’ll put him/her on the line. Je vous passe la communication.

Leaving a message

  • Could you tell that I called? Pourriez-vous dire à _ que j’ai appelé?
  • I’m sorry. ___ is on the line/stepped out. Je suis désolé. ___ est en ligne/s’est absenté.
  • What is your contact information? Quels sont vos cordonnées ?
  • Would you like to leave a message? Souhaitez-vous laisser un message ?
  • Could you call back later/tomorrow? Pouvez-vous rappeler plus tard/demain?
  • I’ll call you back. Je vous rappelle.
  • What is your phone number? Quel est votre numéro de téléphone ?
  • My telephone number is ___ . Mon numéro de téléphone est le ___.

More essential phrases

  • The line cut off. La ligne a été coupé.
  • Don’t hang up. Ne raccrochez pas.
  • Could ____ call me back? Est-ce que ____ peut me rappeler?
  • Good-bye, have a nice day, see you tomorrow. Au revoir, bonne journée, à demain
  • You have the wrong number. Vous vous êtes trompé de numéro.
  • Please leave a message. Veuillez laisser un message.
  • The signal is very poor. La connection est très mauvaise.
  • What’s the price by minute, please? Quel est le prix par minute, s’il vous plaît?

Essential French telephone vocabulary

  • contract, plan un abonnement
  • country code or area code un indicatif
  • international call un appel international
  • landline un poste fixe, une ligne fixe
  • local call un appel local
  • mobile, cell phone un téléphone portable, un smartphone
  • monthly subscription un forfait mensuel
  • pre-paid card une carte pré-payée
  • receiver le combiné
  • telephone le téléphone
  • telephone number un numéro de téléphone
  • to charge your battery recharger la batterie
  • voice mail la boîte vocale

Useful verbs

  • to answer the phone répondre au téléphone
  • to answer the phone prendre une communication
  • to cancel a phone contract annuler un abonnement téléphonique
  • to dial the number faire/composer le numéro
  • to get a phone contract prendre un abonnement téléphonique
  • to hang up the phone raccrocher le téléphone
  • to leave a message laisser un message
  • to pay the phone bill payer la facture de téléphone
  • to pick up the phone décrocher le téléphone
  • to send a text message or SMS envoyer un texto, un SMS
  • to telephone, to call téléphoner, appeler
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