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Let's take a closer look at the conversation.
Do you remember how the civil servant says,
"Your phone number, please."
Alma Villanueva Rojas: Su número de teléfono, por favor.
Let's start with número de teléfono, meaning "phone number." Número de teléfono.
First is número. "Number." Número (enunciated). Número.
Note: In Spanish, all nouns have grammatical gender and are either singular or plural. Número is masculine and singular — a fact that determines the form of other words in the sentence.
Next is De. "Of." De (enunciated). De.
Last is teléfono. "Phone." Teléfono (enunciated). Teléfono.
Note: Teléfono translates as "telephone" or "phone." We'll use the abbreviated version, "phone" as this will include various kinds of phones, including mobile phones, landlines, and so forth.
Together, it's número de teléfono. This literally means "number of telephone" or "telephone's number," but it translates as "phone number." Número de teléfono.
Before this is su, meaning "your," in this formal context. Su (enunciated). Su.
Note su fundamentally means "his," "hers," or "its," but it's also a formal way to say "your" when speaking to someone directly using formal Spanish.
Now, you might be more familiar with tu, an informal word for "your," as in tu número de teléfono, "your phone number (informal)." As this is a city office setting, the formal form, su, is more appropriate.
All together, su número de teléfono literally means "your number of phone," but it translates as "your phone number." Su número de teléfono.
Last is por favor, meaning "please." Por favor (enunciated). Por favor.
All together, it's Su número de teléfono, por favor. "Your phone number, please."
Alma Villanueva Rojas: Su número de teléfono, por favor.
Remember this request. You’ll hear it again later.
Let's take a closer look at the response.
Do you remember how Mark says,
"My phone number is 50-5534-2112."
Mark Lee: Mi número de teléfono es 50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos).
Do you remember how to say "phone number?"
Número de teléfono. "Phone number." Número de teléfono.
Before this is mi, meaning "my." Mi (enunciated). Mi.
Together, it's Mi número de teléfono, "my phone number." Mi número de teléfono.
Next is es, "is," as in "my phone number is." Es (enunciated). Es.
Es is from the verb, ser, "to be." Ser.
Together, it's Mi número de teléfono es… "My phone number is…." Mi número de teléfono es…
Next is Mark's phone number. 50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos).
50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos).
In Mexico, the most common way of giving your phone number is two digits at a time; however, giving your phone number one digit at a time is perfectly understandable. After each group of digits, include a short pause in place of the hyphen.
For example,
50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos).
All together, it's Mi número de teléfono es 50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos). "My phone number is 50-5534-2112 ."
Mark Lee: Mi número de teléfono es 50-5534-2112 (cinco cero, cinco cinco tres cuatro, dos uno uno dos).
The pattern is
Mi número de teléfono es {PHONE NUMBER}.
"My phone number is {PHONE NUMBER}."
Mi número de teléfono es {PHONE NUMBER}.
To use this pattern, simply replace the {PHONE NUMBER} placeholder with your phone number.
Imagine your phone number is 12-3256-7800. Uno dos, tres dos cinco seis, siete ocho cero cero. (enunciated). Uno dos, tres dos cinco seis, siete ocho cero cero.
Say
"My phone number is 12-3256-7800."
Ready?
Alma Villanueva Rojas: Mi número de teléfono es 12-3256-7800 (uno dos, tres dos cinco seis, siete ocho cero cero).
"My phone number is 12-3256-7800."
Alma Villanueva Rojas: Mi número de teléfono es 12-3256-7800 (uno dos, tres dos cinco seis, siete ocho cero cero).

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Can you give your phone number using the pattern introduced in this lesson?