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English As A Second Language in Corporate America

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and that 2010 is everything 2009 was and 500% better!  I am looking toward the new year and new decade as a new beginning where abundance will be filling my lifestyle rather than a semi-cloudy day.  I am a firm believer in what Tony Robbins said in one of his programs, “Every day above ground is a great day!”

Tony Robbins in Shallow Hal

Tony Robbins in Shallow Hal

Now onto today’s subject.  My day job is working for a Silicon Valley technology company, and because of the potential rewards, we attract the world’s best and brightest.  That said, this was the out-of-office notice for someone I deal with:

Dear Sender ,
I will be out off corporate office on this afternoon.  Pleae feel free call my cell phone at +1 408-xxx-xxxx  or send me email.  For immediatly assistant, please contact Yijen at X 6323 or James at +1 408 ……..  I will return to office on…
Thanks for your email & You have a nice day!

Now, this person is originally from Taiwan, but was educated here and works for an American company.  I don’t think I am being overly harsh by thinking twice if I want to do business with a company that presents itself without spell-checked email and in broken English.  Not everyone speaks perfect English, obviously, so please tell me if I am off-base here in wondering if their email messages are this sloppy, maybe something else is not as clean either?

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