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Building Your Vocabulary – Using the Phone Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Conversation, Exercises, Phrases, Real World, Trends, Vocabulary

It seems like we live in a phone-addicted society. You can find them in almost every home, every office and with the mobility factor going on today – in every pocket or purse. Phones are everywhere, so it seems like a good idea to learn some vocabulary about phones and using them.


To begin with, let’s first look at some simple phrases to help us out:

I want to call… – אני רוצה לְטִלְפֵּן לְ…
The number is … – המִסְפָּר…
I want to make a long distance call to… – אני רוצה לְעָשוֹת שִׂיחַת חוּץ לְ…
I want to make a collect call – אני רוצה לְעָשוֹת שִׂיחַת גּוּבַייְנָא.
What’s the area code for…? – מהו אִזוּר הקִדֹּמֶת שֶׁל …?

In the United States and Canada, if you want to find out someone’s מִסְפַּר טֶלֶפוֹן ‏ (phone number) you dial 411. In Israel you would dial 144.

Telephone Vocabulary

Here is a list of what you need when having a conversation about telephones.

answering machine (answerphone) – מַזְכִּירָה אוֹטוֹמָטִית/אֶלֶקְטְרוֹנִית   ‏, מְשִׁיבוֹן‏ (masc) ז’‏
area code (dialling code) – קִידּוֹמֶת ‏ (fem) נ’‏
battery – סוֹלְלָה‏ (fem) נ’‏
cell phone – טֶלֶפוֹן סֶלוּלָרי
charger – מַטְעֵן‏ (masc) ז’‏
collect call (reverse charge call) – (שִׂיחַת) גּוּבַייְנָא‏ (fem) נ’‏
keypad(s) – לְחִיץ (לְחִיצִים)‏ (masc) ז’‏, לַחְצָן (לַחְצָנִים)‏ (masc) ז’‏
message – הוֹדָעָה‏ (fem) נ’‏
mobile – פֶּלֶאפוֹן‏ (masc) ז’‏, (טֶלֶפוֹן) סֶלוּלָרִי‏ (masc) ז’‏, (טֶלֶפוֹן) נַייָד‏
off peak hours – שְׁעוֹת שֵׁפֶל ‏
payphone – טֶלֶפוֹן צִיבּוּרִי ‏
phone book (directory) – סֵפֶר טֶלֶפוֹנִים ‏, מַדְרִיךְ טֶלֶפוֹן‏
phone call – שִׂיחַת טֶלֶפוֹן ‏
phone number – מִסְפַּר טֶלֶפוֹן ‏
phonecard – טֶלֶכַּרְט ‏ (masc) ז’‏
pound key (hash key) – סוּלָּמִית‏ (fem) נ’‏
public telephone – טֶלֶפוֹן צִיבּוּרִי ‏
SIM card – כַּרְטִיס סִים ‏
SMS – מִסְרוֹן‏ (masc) ז’‏, הוֹדָעַת טֶקְסְט‏
telephone – טֶלֶפוֹן‏
phone booth (telephone box) – תָּא טֶלֶפוֹן  ‏
telephone line – קָו טֶלֶפוֹן
telephone receiver – שְׁפוֹפֶרֶת‏ (fem) נ’‏
telephone token – אֲסִימוֹן‏ (masc) ז’‏
text message – מִסְרוֹן‏ (masc) ז’‏, הוֹדָעַת טֶקְסְט‏
voice mailbox – תָּא קוֹלִי ‏
voicemail – דּוֹאַר קוֹלִי ‏
yellow pages – דַּפֵּי זָהָב ‏

Check Yourself

  1. If you don’t know someone’s phone number, you would look for it in the ____________________.
  2. My ________________ is (915) 555-1212.
  3. You want to speak to your friend Ruth. So you will ________________________.
  4. You don’t have your phone with you. You’ll have to use _____________________.
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