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    Speaking! (From Phone Copnversation)

    Hello!
    Here in Russia when we pick up phone we say: "Hello! I am listening to you".
    But my teacher told me that you say: "Hello! Speaking!".

    But recently I've thought: why "Speaking" and not "Speak"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Speaking! (From Phone Copnversation)

    Quote Originally Posted by dimkin7 View Post
    Hello!
    Here in Russia when we pick up phone we say: "Hello! I am listening to you".
    But my teacher told me that you say: "Hello! Speaking!".

    But recently I've thought: why "Speaking" and not "Speak"?

    Thank you.
    Not a teacher,
    Speaking mean "I am speaking"
    If you say: "hello, speak" that means the caller is being asked to speak. :|

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    Re: Speaking! (From Phone Copnversation)

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    not a teacher,
    speaking mean "i am speaking"
    if you say: "hello, speak" that means the caller is being asked to speak. :|
    :-d

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    Re: Speaking! (From Phone Copnversation)

    In AmE, it is traditional to answer the phone with "Hello?" and then if the caller asks "Is Dimkin7 there?," you'd reply, "Speaking."

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