June 25, 2006
And now for the French phrase of the day:
"Ne quittez pas."
This means "Please hold" and one hears it often on the phone here. It literally means, "Don't leave." But what I draw from it is that it sounds like an encouragement not to quit! And that is great to hear when organizing an international move with neither of the countries being one's own!
Then while you're waiting to be brought out of the telephone holding pattern, you occasionally hear a recorded voice say, "Nous allons donner suite a votre appel." Which literally means, "We are going to give a continuation to your call." Or as we might put it, "We'll be right with you."
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