Pedir a la gente que espere en inglés

Hay veces en que alguien te pide ayuda pero tu no puedes atenderle en ese momento. Quieres ayudar, pero debes pedirle que espere a que termines lo que estás haciendo. Se usan muchas frases y expresiones para pedir a la gente que espere en inglés

Frases y expresiones para pedir a la gente que espere en inglés

FrasesCómo se usa / Significado
Hang on a moment.

Give us a second.

Half a moment please.

Hold on.

Informales pero de tono cortés. Se usan cuando alguien está ocupado y espera poder ayudar pronto.
I’ll be right with you.

 

Muy cortés y muy útil en situaciones de servicio al cliente cuando desea que su cliente espere unos minutos.
All in good time.Necesitas suficiente tiempo para terminar lo que estás haciendo.
Sorry, I’m a bit tied up right now.

Bear with me.

Cortés en tono. A pesar de estar ocupado, le estás pidiendo a la gente qu ete espere. Se usa cuando la persona tiene que esperar un poco más.
Let me see.Significa que estás ganando tiempo para pensar.
Wait and see.Se usa cuando estamos preparando una sorpresa a alguien.
You’ll just have to be patient.

Give me a chance.

Expresiones menos educadas, sugieren que la otra persona es impaciente.
Don’t be so impatient.Más descortés y critica directamente a la otra persona por ser impaciente.
We wish to apologize for the delay to (+ noun phrase)Anuncio formal que se puede escuchar en un tren o avión.
Not so fast!

Hold your horses!

Se utilizan para advertir a alguien que espere y no para tomar una mala decisión o tomar una acción imprudente.

Frases útiles para solicitar la espera en inglés

Expresiones usadas después de que la persona haya estado esperando:

I’m sorry for the delay.

Thank you so much for waiting.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

 

Ejercicios sobre Pedir a la gente que espere en inglés

Escribe la expresión apropiada en cada situación dada.

  1. You called your internet service provider’s customer service hotline. The agent said that she will ask her supervisor about your concern.Agent: _________________________________ (I’ll be right with you.)
  2. The agent came back on the phone. She said: _________________________________ (Thank you for waiting.)
  3. You asked another question and the agent needs a little time to look for the information in your account. The agent said: _________________________________ (Let me see.)
  4. Your friend said that he has a surprise for you. You asked what it was. Your friend said: _________________________________ (Wait and see.)
  5. We often hear this in a train station or in an airport. _________________________________ (We wish to apologize for the delay…)
  6. Your friend called you and asked for assistance. You were doing something that you have to finish first. You told your friend: _________________________________ (Hold on.)
  7. Your friend keeps on bugging you to help him with his paper works. You were also trying to finish your work, but your friend has been impatient. You told him: _______________________ (Don’t be so impatient.)
  8. Your mother was cooking dinner. You asked her if dinner’s ready. Your mother said: _____________________________ (All in good time.)

 

EJERCICIO DE COMUNICACIÓN. Debate sobre las siguientes preguntas.

  1. What idea comes into your mind when you hear the word “WAIT”?
  2. Do you like waiting for people or things to come or happen?
  3. Is it good to wait? Why or why not?
  4. What is the value of waiting for people or things?
  5. Why is it that some people cannot wait?
  6. What do you call those people who cannot wait?
  7. Have you ever waited a long time for somebody? How long?
  8. Have you ever waited for somebody and finally gave up waiting for him/her?
  9. Is waiting good for us or for the people we waited?
  10. Steven Burst said: “A young man without ambition is an old man to be.” What do you understand with his quote?