RE: don't believe the offshore hype

Subject: RE: don't believe the offshore hype
From: "Wade Courtney" <courtney -at- hsq -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 10:30:32 -0800

Actually, its not the Philippines you need to worry about. It's India.
I just left an Indian owned company (Elance) in September. I worked
closely with the engineering group, who were primarily Indian. Many of
them spoke and wrote better English than a lot of people I know.

Technical writing isn't that hard of a job and most of the skills I use,
almost all of the engineers possessed at Elance.

And just because we speak English doesn't mean we have cornered the
skills market on Technical Writing.

Many of the manuals that U.S. companies produce are translated into
foreign languages for foreign customers, who's to say that someone in
another country couldn't write a manual in their native tongue and then
have it translated into English.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-101782 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Wright,
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:14 AM
Subject: don't believe the offshore hype

what... so somebody in the Philippines who only knows English as their
second language is going to write as well as we do? Sure! Let's extend
that line of thinking and train chimps to do simple surgeries. (PLEASE:
nobody get the idea that i'm equating people in southeast asia with
monkeys! I'm sure there are plenty of bright Philipinos/as, but ask any
translator... you must work in your native language to get it right.)


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