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MarillionFan
8th September 2011, 09:27
Fantastic! I asked two developers on a project to talk to each other over the best way to do some design work. Our Belgian colleague has a strong accent and is the expert on what he does. Our offshore 'cheap' resource is supposed to be asking him questions and doing the leg work. But,

"Hi MF , I'm striving conversing with Jean Claude, my ear is not adept with his accent I think.

Can you please set the meeting among the three of us to help pls?

Kind regards,

Bob"

Communication issues. What communication issues? :laugh

TestMangler
8th September 2011, 09:30
Fantastic! I asked two developers on a project to talk to each other over the best way to do some design work. Our Belgian colleague has a strong accent and is the expert on what he does. Our offshore 'cheap' resource is supposed to be asking him questions and doing the leg work. But,

"Hi MF , I'm striving conversing with Jean Claude, my ear is not adept with his accent I think.

Can you please set the meeting among the three of us to help pls?

Kind regards,

Bob"

Communication issues. What communication issues? :laugh


I hope you are going to do the needful, today morning !

SueEllen
8th September 2011, 09:33
Communication issues. What communication issues? :laugh


Make sure you use a lot of slang in the meeting.

Jean will understand you especially if he has watched any British comedies but Bob won't. ;)

craig1
8th September 2011, 09:35
Make sure you use a lot of slang in the meeting.

Jean will understand you especially if he has watched any British comedies but Bob won't. ;)

'Allo 'Allo springs immediately to mind and could be the source of months of amusement :p

wobbegong
8th September 2011, 11:18
Fantastic! I asked two developers on a project to talk to each other over the best way to do some design work. Our Belgian colleague has a strong accent and is the expert on what he does. Our offshore 'cheap' resource is supposed to be asking him questions and doing the leg work. But,

"Hi MF , I'm striving conversing with Jean Claude, my ear is not adept with his accent I think.

Can you please set the meeting among the three of us to help pls?

Kind regards,

Bob"

Communication issues. What communication issues? :laugh


Basically you are to be a human 'Babel Fish".

Mind you, it could be fun if you put on a comedy Scottish accent.

vetran
8th September 2011, 11:45
Has Bob ever heard you speak?

if not a Scottish or Welsh accent sounds like a master stroke.

Prime JC first.

Clippy
8th September 2011, 11:51
I suggest you go to JC and say something like:

"Hi Jean Claude , I'm striving conversing with Bob, my ear is not adept with his accent I think.

Can you please act as a conduit for all communication between the 3 of us to help pls?"

Mich the Tester
8th September 2011, 11:55
We've got Bob and Henk talking to each other here, they don't understand each other and I don't understand either of them. Correction; I understand Henk when he speaks Dutch.

Mich the Tester
8th September 2011, 11:58
I asked Bob this morning; why don't Indian IT companies send their people on courses to speak English clearly?

Answer; 'because there are more people speak Indian English than your English English so you must adapt to us (head wobble)'

Great; client must adapt his language to supplier. Remind me; what business school did you attend Bob?

MarillionFan
8th September 2011, 12:04
I'm going to add the Saffer devloper into the call as well. Just for a laugh.:laugh

Gibbon
8th September 2011, 12:14
Where I work it's like the UN, the morning telecons are hilarous. I'm just grateful we had the empire and won two world wars so I don't have to learn any of their languages. This morning we had

French
German
American
Indian
Chinese
Nigerian
& a Brummie

all trying to talk english!

"Please Gibbon, where can I find the grindstone for my nose?"

AtW
8th September 2011, 12:15
Great; client must adapt his language to supplier. Remind me; what business school did you attend Bob?

He is right though, when supplier offers dirty free price then buyer accepts all sort of downsides, think Ryanair.

eek
8th September 2011, 12:34
I'm going to add the Saffer devloper into the call as well. Just for a laugh.:laugh

You're not quite there. Start the call and immediately hand it over to the Saffer saying that you need to attend another meeting. Then mute your phone and sit in.

wobbegong
8th September 2011, 12:37
I'm going to add the Saffer devloper into the call as well. Just for a laugh.:laugh

That's the spirit! Now think, man. Have you got any Chinese/Korean delevopers who could pitch in?

Mich the Tester
8th September 2011, 13:01
think Ryanair.

No thanks

2BIT
8th September 2011, 13:01
Make sure you use a lot of slang in the meeting.

Jean will understand you especially if he has watched any British comedies but Bob won't. ;)

not sure that is helpful, I use slang purposely with landed resource so they learn the subtleties of the language

Arturo Bassick
8th September 2011, 13:04
Can't you sit between them and when you speak to either just repeat exactly what was said, mimicking accent and mannerisms exactly. That or just translate as I have no idea what he just said to each.

Mich the Tester
8th September 2011, 13:08
Can't you sit between them and when you speak to either just repeat exactly what was said, mimicking accent and mannerisms exactly. That or just translate as I have no idea what he just said to each.

NO!!!! STOP!!!! ACHTUNG!!!! Do not try to wobble your head side to side like an Indian. Assuming you are of European or African descent, your neck is not made for the sideways wobble and you will injure yourself!

2BIT
8th September 2011, 13:11
Can't you sit between them and when you speak to either just repeat exactly what was said, mimicking accent and mannerisms exactly. That or just translate as I have no idea what he just said to each.

that would be hilarious, proper borderline offensive but would love to witness that! :)

VectraMan
8th September 2011, 13:12
More like the EU here. No Bobs, but some Luigis, Pedros and Pierres. Plus a Heidi (I'm not sure if she's Dutch, German or Swiss).

But it's the brummie PM we all struggle with the most.:wink

Durbs
8th September 2011, 13:43
Plus a Heidi

Mmmmmm, Heidi's :tongue

TestMangler
8th September 2011, 13:46
I'm going to add the Saffer devloper into the call as well. Just for a laugh.:laugh


Geez the *******' conf call number, ya bam, and ah'll dae aw the translation pish fur yeez.

:smokin

Sysman
9th September 2011, 04:18
I'm going to add the Saffer devloper into the call as well. Just for a laugh.:laugh

Not quite the confusion you are seeking. The Saffer will probably be able to understand Bob.

NotAllThere
9th September 2011, 04:44
Why didn't anyone tell me there was a communication problem

I attended a training course once where the trainer was French and some of the delegates were Ukrainian. They just couldn't understand each other - so I ended up translating English to English. Got a few beers out of it though, as they all appreciated the humour.

Currently, I'm working with French and Germans, and frequently need to translate their English to each other. I do speak both languages myself, but I've not let on.

Sysman
9th September 2011, 04:58
Why didn't anyone tell me there was a communication problem

I attended a training course once where the trainer was French and some of the delegates were Ukrainian. They just couldn't understand each other - so I ended up translating English to English. Got a few beers out of it though, as they all appreciated the humour.

I used to translate from the broad Yorkshire spoken by an MD to normal English for a French customer. It was a good laugh and I got some top notch meals out of it.


Currently, I'm working with French and Germans, and frequently need to translate their English to each other. I do speak both languages myself, but I've not let on.

I've had that fun, but nowadays I do let on. It's three languages actually since I can understand Swiss German quite well.

d000hg
9th September 2011, 06:41
Fantastic! I asked two developers on a project to talk to each other over the best way to do some design work. Our Belgian colleague has a strong accent and is the expert on what he does. Our offshore 'cheap' resource is supposed to be asking him questions and doing the leg work. But,

"Hi MF , I'm striving conversing with Jean Claude, my ear is not adept with his accent I think.

Can you please set the meeting among the three of us to help pls?

Kind regards,

Bob"

Communication issues. What communication issues? :laugh
Just tell them to communicate using email/IM. That's how I communicate with my foreign subs and they often have near-perfect written English.

What's with the font?

NotAllThere
9th September 2011, 09:01
... It's three languages actually since I can understand Swiss German quite well.I can that as well. I definitely don't let on about it though.

Sysman
11th September 2011, 15:26
I can that as well. I definitely don't let on about it though.

That can be a useful tactic.

Not admitting that you understand Swiss German allows you to tune out during boring meetings and you have the perfect excuse to ask them to repeat the question or do a quick summary when someone addresses you directly. :D

MayContainNuts
11th September 2011, 16:08
International calls are always difficult! I find the chinese the most difficult to understand!