[BSDCert] are translations needed?
dlavigne6 at sympatico.ca
Mon Apr 25 16:23:59 EDT 2005
On Mon, 25 Apr 2005, Denis Lagno wrote:
> I spent some time contemplating over this list,
> and I see that much effort goes into translations,
> translations of survey, of questions etc
> I do not understand why is it needed.
> Any BSD admin MUST know English well at least at read-only level.
> Otherwise how would he read manpages, use google??
Don't forget that Google provides language tools and allows you to set your
preferences. And that the BSD projects have translation teams for their
documentation projects. And that there are mailing lists in non-English
languages and BSD portals in non-English languages. Point being that there
are non-English resources available to the BSD administrator and user.
>From personal experience as a trainer in an urban center with 40% immigration
population, taking an exam is tough enough. I'm sure there are statistics
someplace (as some other certifications offer non-English versions of
their exams or offer additional time), but I see very good students get
lower marks than their English counterparts. At the very least, it takes them
longer to complete the exam and sometimes that can make the difference
between a pass and a fail.
I'd have to hunt up the exact statistics, but I'd say off the top of my
head that 75% of the contact form submissions we've received have been to
offer translation services. The amount of people who have offered the amount
of man hours they have is amazing.
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