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    The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Hello Everyone,

    I ever called to promote our products to an American company. And the tel. recorder says, ...for purchasing press HR(it seems to me that it is pronounced as "HR")... for sales press five...

    I would like to know here what exactly the HR represents?

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Are you sure they are not saying "press star' - the star key * (and not 'hrrr')

    to the left of the hash key #

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    I xxx called to promote our products to an American company, and the telephonerecording said: "For purchasing, press HR." (It seemed to me that it was pronounced as "HR.") "For sales, press five..."

    I would like to know here what exactly the HR represents.

    Regards,

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    Strange! Maybe it was a bad job of four.

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Are you sure they are not saying "press star' - the star key * (and not 'hrrr')

    to the left of the hash key #
    David, many thanks for your answering! I have listened to the recording many times as it has been recorded by my PC. and the voice is HR( the complete sentence is for purchasing HR)

    And do you mean that # should be pronounced as ''hrrr''?

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Firstly, I think Charlie may be right - it's a poorly recorded 'four'.

    I thought the pronunciation of 'star' might have sounded like 'hrr' - your HR - to a Chinese ear.

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    David, many thanks for your answering! I have listened to the recording many times as it has been recorded by my PC. and the voice is HR( the complete sentence is for purchasing HR)

    And do you mean that # should be pronounced as ''hrrr''?

    THANKS
    Hi, why don't you post your record here? then we will have more chance to find out it

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    And do you mean that # should be pronounced as ''hrrr''?

    THANKS
    In British English, it's the hash key and in American English it's the pound or number key, though I don't know whether these are regional within the USA.

    The symbol itself is sometimes called an octotorpe.

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    In US companies, the personnel department is often called "Human Resources," and is commonly referred to as "HR" (the individual letters, not "herrrr"). But Human Resources is not usually responsible for purchasing.

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    Re: The pronouciation of the key of the telephone?

    Hm.

    In the U.S., HR means human resources - the department you talk with if you're looking for a job.

    If the recording sounds like "purchasing HR," it might be an extension for purchasing and human resources.

    Or maybe it's for purchasing a jar or purchasing a chair. What kind of business is it?

    We're dying here....

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