Making Telephone Calls in Mandarin Chinese

The conventions for making and answering phone calls in Mandarin Chinese are similar to English. The main difference is that calls are usually answered with wèi, which is a way of saying “hello” used only on the phone.

TELEPHONE VOCABULARY

telephone
diàn huà

mobile phone
xíng dòng diàn huà / shǒu jī

fax
chuán zhēn

hello (for telephone only)
wèi

telephone number
diàn huà hào mǎ

what telephone number?
jǐ hào

call the wrong number
dă cuò le

busy line
jiǎng huà zhōng

answer the phone
jiē diàn huà

please wait a moment
qǐng děng yī xià

please leave a message (verbal)
qǐng liú yán

leave a message (written)
liú zì tiáo

area code
qū yù mǎ

international
guó jì

long distance
cháng tú

direct dial
zhí bō

telephone company
diàn xìn jú

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