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Wink, how do you do it?

I'm working on my first SAP project. The face of this implementation is a software giant based in India. Their consultants are here fresh from the homeland.

Man, not to sound like a jerk, but its so hard to understand these guys. They are smart and hardworking, but the accent kills everything. You'd think that its a small factor, but in this (and any) business, communication is key.

Great technical skills, but poor presentation and management skills.

Worst part is that these guys get paid 30% of what they really deserve. Very hard working folks though...
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Man, not to sound like a jerk, but its so hard to understand these guys. QUOTE]

sorry...i just spit on myself reading that.

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It's really simple. You have to listen with an accent. I'm only half kidding...
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You grow use to it, got a daily at my work whos indian accent is so thick it was almost impossible to understand it but overtimw they get a slight bit better, and your hearing adapts and you start to understand.

In the mean time Goodluck

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Ah yes, takes me back to when I worked at Chase and we had many FOB contractors. I always tried to deal with them in e-mail or over corp IM.
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You grow use to it, got a daily at my work whos indian accent is so thick it was almost impossible to understand it but overtimw they get a slight bit better, and your hearing adapts and you start to understand.

In the mean time Goodluck
It's kind of weird how that happens. I've been working with a french customer for the past year or so and when we first started having conference calls, I could barely understand half of what they said because of their thick accents. Now I swear, I can speak part french and almost never have to have them repeat anything.

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Even their emails stink. Its like Bug's spelling combined with TDS' grammar.
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Even their emails stink. Its like Bug's spelling combined with TDS' grammar.
So they.....are like................Thunderstruck's............... ..posts?

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So they.....are like................Thunderstruck's............... ..posts?
Vat??

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I'm working on my first SAP project. The face of this implementation is a software giant based in India. Their consultants are here fresh from the homeland.

Man, not to sound like a jerk, but its so hard to understand these guys. They are smart and hardworking, but the accent kills everything. You'd think that its a small factor, but in this (and any) business, communication is key.

Great technical skills, but poor presentation and management skills.

Worst part is that these guys get paid 30% of what they really deserve. Very hard working folks though...
Actually, as a couple of others have mentioned, you get used to listening with an accent. Sounds funny, but it is true. The issue is that some words are different in British English, as well as the fact that cadence is rhythmic and the accents are typically placed on different or the last syllable.

Once you get past those things, it becomes very easy to understand.

Related to pay, what you and I can buy here for $100 vs what they can buy there is a significantly different thing. I have guys in India making less than any US counterpart, but they are "RICH" in their economy at the lower wage, and the US counterpart making more is "Middle Class" at best.

Best of luck with the new position and be patient, it will come to you. In the meantime, learn a little Hindi

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If you do SAP you have to learn the "badisch" German as well....
I had to take a train on the way from the airport, and guess where we stopped.... at SAP...

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Absolutely, you learn to "tune" your ears to get at the words.

I learned how to do this working in NYC, with immigrant Italians, Taiwanese, Egyptians, Puerto Ricans, and the local New York/New Jersey accents and English usage. learned the Brooklyn Alphabet as well . I swear for the first three months, I thought I'd never heard English before, and they were all speaking a foreign tongue. Slowly, it just comes.

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I just ignore em and I dont have a problem.

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I just yell at them and treat them like shit. the indian managers always tell me americans are too considerate and try to hard to be nice, in his words.... " you must yell at them and berate them"




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Even their emails stink. Its like Bug's spelling combined with TDS' grammar.
What a fucking racist dick!
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What a fucking racist dick!
I know right...what a fucktard hating on those brown bastards!
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I know right...what a fucktard hating on those brown bastards!
what can brown....do for you?

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There goes the neighborhood... Vern is here. LULz

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There goes the neighborhood... Vern is here. LULz
ya, dare i iz!, catfish!

thought da naborhood waz innergrated

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Just kidding Vern... You da man!

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what can brown....do for you?
Don't you mean...Once you go black, you don't go back
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Don't you mean...Once you go black, you don't go back
youve been black before?.....i know, from the waist down, right?

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