"On the phone, his voice was full of tears and emotion."

Translation:Au téléphone, sa voix était pleine de larmes et d'émotion.

January 29, 2018



Sur le téléphone = anglecisme ?

January 29, 2018


Nope. The French word téléphone proceeded the English word. It was coined by Jean-François Sudré, télé (far) phone (voice). Alexander Graham Bell later adopted the word telephone for his invention. https://www.etymonline.com/word/telephone

January 29, 2018


What a fountain of knowledge you are Tex! Thanks for that titbit. ☺

January 30, 2018


I would think so. It is hard to be definitive as French has almost as many regional variants as English. but "sur le téléphone" does sound very off used that way.

In any case it i much safer as a first approach to stick with "He's on the phone" = "il est au téléphone"

(Also, it is spelled "anglicisme" in French)

January 31, 2018


Does anyone ever say "À l'appareil" ? (Instead of "Au téléphone")

February 7, 2019
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