https://www.duolingo.com/VoldeChuck

Hola or Aló?

I was reading the Duolingo stories, and a person say "Aló" instead of "Hola". Is one more formal than the other? In which situations would you say Hola and when would you say Aló?

2 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deviandrite

Just looked this up and "hola" is used in everyday use but "aló" is used for answering the phone. You can use "hola" when answering, but it's phrased as a question. Similar to how in English you might answer the phone saying, "Hello?" There are also other words used for answering the phone. There's the usual "Buenos días", "Buenos tardes," and etc. but there are others specifically for calling. Some of the words I'm going to list were cited as being used in one or more specific countries, but I'm sure you could use them in any country. I think it's just preference. For certain countries: "Bueno" is mainly used in Mexico, "Sí" is used in Mexico and Spain, "Diga" and "Digame", which mean essentially the same thing in this context, are used in Spain, Cuba, and Argentina, and "Oiga" is used in Cuba. That's all I could find besides the extended greetings like "May I speak to (insert person)," and "Is (insert person) there?" I hope this helped.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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Yes I though Aló was a phone greeting, same in Russian

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VoldeChuck

Thank you, Deviandrite!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
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I've noticed this in Spanish telenovelas, they often say 'hallo or Bueno' when answering the phone.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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In fact, you can call almost anyone in the non-English/Chinese speaking world and the chances are they will respond with some variation of aló/allô/hallo/haloo.

Edit: Just so people are clear, you are obviously free to post exceptions so we can learn about other cultures, but it doesn’t really affect my point. Me saying “almost anyone” and “chances are” does not mean that every language uses a variation of алло/halo/آلو/hallå.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
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Well, they say pronto in Italy!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Moshimoshi in Japanese.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MoatGoat

Hmmm..Maybe because of what Spainsh speaking country they are from such as Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Domincan Republic, Belize, Jamaica etc. Hope this helps!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_DragonFyre_

Language region variations or dialects!

Don't forget Panama, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico (not country)!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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But do forget Jamaica and likely Belize as well.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisaandtim
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Does most of Jamaica speak Spanish? I have only heard English there.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MoatGoat

Don't worry Scarcerer, I named those. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Sorry, I meant that those two are English speaking countries.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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There are around 8 major (groups of) dialects that not are related to geography or Spanish Empire divisions.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MoatGoat

Oh yeah! Thanks! I was just naming a few and it seems like you got the rest! :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_DragonFyre_

That was off of memory, I bet I missed a few.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berdecita

Hola se ocupa mas en México

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Alo (I have no accents in my keyboard) is used for answering phone calls or, in some places, for calling from outside (if I am in your courtyard and I do not know if you are inside your house). I believe that hola or bueno are used in Mexico at phone.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MemeMcQueen116

I don't know what country your keyboard is from but mine is British and I can write áóéíú by holding ALT Gr (next to the spacebar for me) and typing in one of the vowels, we only have these because some languages like Irish use them, unfortunately I have to copy-paste all the other accented letters like ñ, so I share your pain XD

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lukeolson20

Hola is familar and Alo is formal

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnKidd4
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Here's my take on it 'a lo' .... is properly used in phrases such as 'a lo mejor' meaning 'maybe'. I wouldn't use the word 'alo' as a greeting unless I was putting on an accent of some sort, ie, a pseudo French accent! Sticking to 'hola' is probably best but that's only my opinion. Just enjoy using your newly acquired language. Buena suerte :) PD: A good way to answer the phone is 'Digame'.... which means 'speak to me/talk to me' - it's my favourite.

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"Aló" is the normal way of answering phone in colloquial contexts (if you call Ministry of Defense, answer would be probably "Ministerio de Defensa, buenos días"). Another colloquial options are "hola" or, in certain countries, "bueno" or "diga"/"dígame".

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bobtater61

I feel they probably say this just like some of us in English might say "Hello" or "Hullo" see what I mean?

2 months ago

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