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International Business Communications — Crossing the Language Barriers in Exporting-Importing

February 2nd, 2010 No comments

English is the principal language of world trade. Knowledge of more than one language is helpful in exporting, but it is not a prerequisite.

In international business, knowing how to speak and write in English is a necessity. However, proficiency in English or any languages is not a guarantee of export success. Being able to speak and write in the buyer’s language will be advantageous in countries where the use of the native tongue is of national pride.

Learning a language other than English in order to export is not absolutely required, as translation services are readily available in most countries. Certain countries even have foreign language escort services to accommodate the exporters’ needs. The services of the foreign language escorts are to translate for and accompany the foreign buyer on dining and tour. The escort usually knows very little or nothing about the products of the exporter.

English is not the official language in many countries. Learning a language like English can be tedious. It is important to understand that an English word is not always pronounced the same way everywhere. The varied pronunciation is influenced by the native tongue and ethnic background.

There is no such thing as perfect English. It is not uncommon to hear the novice export person say “I don’t quite understand what the buyer has said” (in English). Ironically, the export person is often not from the English speaking country, while the buyer is from U.S.A., United Kingdom, or another English speaking country.

The export person may have spent several years mastering the so-called correct English pronunciation. A different accent puts the export person at a disadvantage. The U.S.A., like Canada, is a multicultural society having a diverse ethnic background. The people in the United Kingdom usually speak English, Welsh and Gaelic.

Fluency in a language is merely a tool to facilitate communication. To fully understand what the buyer says and wants is the essence of export communication. An exporter having difficulty in conversation and comprehension seldom arouses the buyer’s interest.

Sometimes it may be impolite to say ‘No’ directly to show disagreement in such countries as the Japan and China. ‘Yes’ may mean what is said is understood, but not necessarily accepted. In exporting and importing, it is important to say what is meant and to mean what is said.

The exporter must verify with the buyer in case of doubt about the message received. Do not guess or assume, for example, that the word “dinero” in the message “We want to have the dinero at 6 p.m.” must be “dinner.” The word “dinero” in Spanish means money.

The use of language ‘mixtures’ in export communication must be avoided because it may generate confusion.

Please click here for the commercial languages and spoken languages (dialects) used worldwide.

The above article is retrieved from export911.com which has too many other valuable  information. Hope you find it helpful…. :)


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Mowaten 3ade

July 16th, 2008 No comments

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Everyone of us lives a second life…..online!!

May 27th, 2008 No comments

The japanese created a web environement in order to make anyone lives a second life online, be what your imagination want.

Click on the link and Enjoy it!  http://secondlife.com/

 

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Abousssouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

April 2nd, 2008 No comments

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January 19th, 2008 1 comment

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Thousands of Jumbo Squid washed ashore in California

December 8th, 2007 5 comments

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Thousands of jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas) or Humboldt squid, were found stranded on southern California beaches over the summer of 2002. The normal range of these squid, also known as Humboldt squid, is from Peru north to Baja California. However, warm water events such as El Niño can extend the range of these squid to Oregon.

The first reported stranding was on July 18 at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, CA, where approximately 200 squid were found over a mile stretch of shore. Their mantle lengths ranged from 16 to 24 inches, and they weighed between 2 and 2.5 pounds. On July 25, several thousand squid beached themselves at La Jolla Shores (pictured above), about 15 miles north of San Diego. Scientiests believe they squid were following prey, possibly grunion, a small fish, and washed ashore alive but were unable to get back into the water and died. City work crews were called to help remove tons of dead fish.

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Know what’s a Liger?

November 23rd, 2007 No comments

Know what’s a Liger? It’s a cross breed of a Lion male and Tiger female… clip-image001.jpg

The 10ft Liger who’s still growing…

He looks like something from a prehistoric age or a fantastic creation from Hollywood . But Hercules is very much living flesh and blood – as he proves every time he opens his gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger, he is not just a big cat but a huge one, standing 10ft tall on his back legs. Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species.

On a typical day he will devour 20lb of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100lb at a single setting. At just three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.clip-image002.jpg

He is the accidental result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida , and already dwarfs both his arents. “Ligers are not something we planned on having,” said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle. “We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then loo and behold we had a liger.”

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Apple iPhone secretly monitors personal data

November 20th, 2007 No comments

After all the restrictions that Steve Jobs has imposed on the owners of Apple iPhone, now it turns out that Apple is probably secretly collecting personal data from any iPhone.

A power user has found bits of code in the iPhone, that may collect and send personal data, such as IMEI, IP address, and companies you are interested in, to an Apple server via the Weather and Stocks applications. The sent information however is encrypted, so it is not that sure whether it holds the IMEI code of your iPhone. Some experienced users have already reverted the code so that it sends zeroes only. Data monitoring could provide valuable information of how many iPhones have been unlocked, how they are distributed around the world and also for studying user preferences and habits, for example.

Just before you put your tin foil hat on, remember that Apple have stated that “… when you interact with Apple, we may collect personal information relevant to the situation, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and contact preferences; your credit card information and information about the Apple products you own, such as their serial numbers and date of purchase; and information relating to a support or service issue.” Regardless the legitimate issue of the case, it is definitely immoral for any company to collect personal information in such a secretive manner. Lately, Steve Jobs has been accumulating lots of negativism concerning the iPhone. The latest hot topic was the prosecution of all owners of sites with a domain name including iPhone in it, which led to a spirit of high discontent among the internet society.

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The other hot news on behalf of the iPhone, announced by some major news sources, concerns the German unit of Vodafone Group, which has obtained a court order against Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile mobile carrier stating that the German telecommunications giant should start selling unlocked versions of the iPhone in Germany. Deutsche Telekom is selling the iPhone exclusively in Germany along with a mandatory 2-year contract and as such is accused of misuse sales practices. Specifically, Vodafone is questioning the iPhone’s exclusive use in T-Mobile’s network and the use of the device being limited to certain fees within T- Mobile’s subscription offerings. A T-Mobile spokesman has confirmed that the restraining order will be disputed by the respondent.

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October 25th, 2007 No comments

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Cars Abbreviation

October 5th, 2007 No comments

BMW :     BRINGS  ME WOMEN

FIAT  :     Failure  in Italian Automotive Technology    
FORD :      Fast  Only Rolling Downhill

HYUNDAI :      Hope  You Understand ,  Nothing’s Drivable And Inexpensive….    
VOLVO :      Very  Odd Looking Vehicular Object    
PORSCHE :      Proof  Of Rich Spoiled Children Having Everything  

KIA  :     Kills  In Accidents    
OPEL :      Old  People Ending Lives    
GOLF/GTI :      Girls  Only Love Fun / Get Them Inside    
HONDA  :     Hanged  Over, Now Driving Away    
POLO :      Panties  Off, Legs Open 

SAAB :    Shape Appears Ass-Backwards

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It reminds me of the Lebanese People….bi dall el ……bi ……

September 28th, 2007 No comments

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Need A break….take 5 minutes with LU

September 17th, 2007 No comments

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Esprit de Groupe bi Emtiyez :D

June 22nd, 2007 2 comments

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Are you old enough?

June 20th, 2007 No comments

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams

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