The word handy has a different meaning in English compared to German. In English, it means ‘useful’ or ‘practical’. This is one of several English words that Germans use incorrectly.

Ex. Learning English is very handy (useful). The new tax software came in handy (turn out to be useful).

The device that you use to make phone calls with is called a ‘mobile phone’ or ‘cell phone’. It is very common in speech to simply use the word ‘phone’.

Ex. Did you buy a new cell phone? Can I see your phone? Can I use your mobile phone?

Category: Handy vs Cell Phone