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Comment répondre au téléphone en anglais ?

 

Si vous travaillez dans une entreprise internationale, ou que vous avez besoin de confirmer une réservation d’hotel ou de voiture, vous aurez besoin de ces expressions courantes pour appeler au téléphone.

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Taking a call (répondre au téléphone)

 

Answering the phone  (répondre au téléphone)

  • Good morning. (Institution). Can l help you?  
  • (Institution), (first + family name) speaking. What can l do for you?  
  • Yes, speaking.  

 

Asking the caller’s name  (demander le nom de l’interlocuteur)

  • Who’s calling, please?  
  • Could l have your name, please?  
  • May l have your name, please?  

 

Asking the caller’s concern (demander ce que la personne veut)

  • How can I help you?  
  • What can I do for you?  
  • Whom would you like to speak to?

 

Asking someone to wait  (demander à la personne d’attendre)

  • Wait a moment, please. I’m putting you through.  
  • Hold the line, please. I’ll connect you.  
  • I’ll find out. /I’ll check.
  • I’ll try again.  
  • One moment, please.  

 

When a connection isn’t possible  (quand la liaison n’est pas possible)

  • I’m sorry. … isn’t available at the moment/is on another line.  
  • Could you call back later?
  • I’m afraid the line is busy at the moment.  
  • Shall l ask … to call you back?  
  • You can reach … on another number / on his/her mobile.

       

Taking a message  (prendre un message)

  • Would you like to leave a message?
  • Can l give … a message?  
  • I’ll tell … as soon as … gets back

 

Checking information  (vérifier une information)

  • Could you spell that for me, please?  
  • Could you repeat it/say that again, please?  
  • Can l read this back to you?  
  • What’s your number, please?  
  • Sorry, l didn’t catch that. (This is a bad line.)

 

Finishing the phone call  (terminer l’appel)

  • Thank you for calling.  
  • I’ll get back to you next week.
  • I’ll call you back later.  
  • Bye for now, looking forward to seeing you.

 

Making a call  (passer un appel)

 

Introducing oneself  (se présenter)

  • Hello. This is (first + family name) speaking.  
  • Good morning, this is (first + family name) from (institution).
  • Is that (name +/ institution)?  

 

Asking to speak to someone (demander à parler à qqun)

  • I’d like to speak to …, please.  
  • Could l speak to …, please?  
  • Could you put me through to …, please?  

 

Giving a reason for the call (donner la raison de son appel)

  • I’m calling about …  
  • I’m returning (name’s) call.
  • I’m just calling to let you know that … /to ask about …  
  • Mr./Ms. (Name) asked me to call back.

 

Leaving a message  (laisser un message)

  • Can/May l leave … a message?  
  • Could you give … a message?  
  • Could/Would you ask … to call me back this afternoon?
  • Could you tell … that I/… called?

 

Checking information  (vérifier une information)

  • What time did you say … ‘ll be back?  
  • Did you say … won’t be back till … ?  
  • Could you speak more slowly, please?  
  • Could you speak up a bit, please?

 

Finishing the phone call (terminer l’appel)

  • It’s been nice talking to you.  
  • That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you next week.
  • Good-bye.

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