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May I?

French translation: Puis-je? Pourrais-je

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English term or phrase:May I?
French translation:Puis-je? Pourrais-je
Entered by: DOMINIQUE GRIFFIN
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08:48 Nov 20, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: May I?
Hi to all of you English>French translators. I'm a German>English translator with little French and need to place a call within the next few days to my brother, who's living in Paris.
What is the best way to introduce oneself and ask to speak to somebody over the phone? Anticipating that he might be in class or at work when I call, how does one ask to have somebody call them back?
I hope this is a break from what my experience in the German>English forum has proven are generally very challenging inquiries. I appreciate your help.
Cami Townsend
"Puis-je "? ou "Pourrais-je"
Explanation:
as an introduction:
"Bonjour, Je suis Monsieur X..
Pourrais je parler à mon frère Monsieur Y..
Je vous prie."

and to have this person call you back:
"Pourriez vous lui demander de me rappeller à ce numéro, s'il vous plait":
222333444555
Merci Beaucoup
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DOMINIQUE GRIFFIN
Local time: 11:09
Grading comment
Thank you both very much.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na"Pourrais-je" or " Est-ce que je peux" "Est-ce que je pourrais?"Louise Atfield
na"Puis-je "? ou "Pourrais-je"DOMINIQUE GRIFFIN


  

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22 mins
"Puis-je "? ou "Pourrais-je"


Explanation:
as an introduction:
"Bonjour, Je suis Monsieur X..
Pourrais je parler à mon frère Monsieur Y..
Je vous prie."

and to have this person call you back:
"Pourriez vous lui demander de me rappeller à ce numéro, s'il vous plait":
222333444555
Merci Beaucoup


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DOMINIQUE GRIFFIN
Local time: 11:09
PRO pts in pair: 4
Grading comment
Thank you both very much.

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2 hrs
"Pourrais-je" or " Est-ce que je peux" "Est-ce que je pourrais?"


Explanation:
"Bonjour Monsieur (or Madame, as the case may be). Mon nom est (your name here)" or "Je m'appelle (your name here)." "Pourrais-je s'il vous plaît parler à mon frère (your brother's name here)."
You can also say "Est-ce que je pourrais parler à mon frère (his name here) s'il vous plait?"

If he is not there:
"Pourrais-je s'il vous plaît lui laisser un message. Mon numéro est (your number here)"
or "Pourriez-vous s'il vous plaît lui demander de téléphoner au numéro (your number here)"
or "Auriez-vous l'obligeance de lui demander de me téléphoner?" etc.


Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 577
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