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"Can I help you?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿Te puedo ayudar?", and "hello" is an interjection which is often translated as "hola". Learn more about the difference between "Can I help you?" and "hello" below.
Can I help you?(
kahn
 
ay
 
hehlp
 
yu
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. ¿Te puedo ayudar?
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Can I help you? That looks really heavy.¿Te puedo ayudar? Eso se ve muy pesado.
b. ¿Le puedo ayudar?
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Can I help you? - Yes, I'm looking for Mr. Smith.¿Le puedo ayudar? - Sí, estoy buscando al Sr. Smith.
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. ¿Les puedo ayudar? (plural)
Can I help you? You seem a bit lost.¿Les puedo ayudar? Parecen algo perdidos.
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hello(
heh
-
lo
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (greeting)
a. hola
Hello! How is everything?¡Hola! ¿Cómo te va todo?
2. (used to answer the telephone)
a.
Hello. Who is calling?Sí. ¿Quién es?
b. hola
Hello. - Hi, it's Ricardo.Hola. - Hola, soy Ricardo.
c. diga
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Hello. - Hi. Is Maria there?Diga. - Hola. ¿Se encuentra María?
d. aló (Southern Cone)
Hello. Who is this?Aló. ¿Quién es?
e. bueno
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Hello? I can't hear you.¿Bueno? No te escucho.
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