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14:55 Apr 5, 2008
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Telecom(munications) / just everyday language
English term or phrase:(put someone) on hold (over the phone)
I'm an over-the-phone interpreter, and I am always on a 3-way call with an English-speaking person and a Chinese-speaking person. When the English person says "I will need to put you on hold for 2 minutes," I can't find a very accurate term in Chinese to say to the Chinese person. I always say 请稍等两分钟 but the Chinese always keep on talking instead of knowing that they are already on hold and the English person will not be back in 2 minutes. How can I interpret the term accurately so the Chinese person know I'm not only asking them to wait for 2 minutes, but they are actually also on hold?