[Summit] Language!

Goffi goffi at goffi.org
Thu Jan 17 16:56:07 UTC 2019


thanks for raising this point, as I've had myself got sometimes troubles to follow everything in the past, specially the first year (also remember that it's hard to impossible to stay 100% concentrated while having a whole day of technical discussion in a foreign language).
A good bunch of XMPP people are native English speakers, so they tend to speak quickly (specially if they're answering to an other English speaker). It would really be nice if native speakers could make efforts to speak not too fast.
From my point of view, it's more a problem of speed/accents than vocabulary (and yes I know that I have a terrible accent myself, but I'm excused I'm French ;) ).

The live minutes (etherpad or similar) is really helpful to check what we may have missed, so it would be a good idea to prepare an instance and to have a couple of people filling it during the meeting.

An other point I've feeled in the past, specially the first time, is that a lot of people already know each other in XMPP community, which may make it hard for a new comer to follow or integrate in the discussion, please keep that in mind.
I've seen a couple of times the debate moving to a quick, hard to follow, discussion between 2 or 3 people only, and for an extended period of time. 

The summit is generally really useful and a nice occasion to meet each other, and it has so far always been well organised too.  This is just some remarks that could make it even better, specially for newcomers or non native speakers.

Thanks :)

Le vendredi 11 janvier 2019, 12:27:56 CET Dave Cridland a écrit :
> Hithertofore, I have undoubtedly made convolutions and circumlocutions
> adbundant in my speech - henceforth shall I pay great attendance on those
> blessed with languages different from my own. I ask only that should my
> tongue veer to words obscure, or should I be found to use some vernacular
> of which others are not cognisant, I be made aware such that I might render
> my thoughts in a more propitious manner.
> Translation: This probably applies to me. I'll try to use English everyone
> can understand, but if I don't, please say so and I'll be happy to try and
> say it differently.
> On Fri, 11 Jan 2019 at 10:54, Guus der Kinderen <guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hello everyone!
> >
> > As we're preparing for another summit, I'd like to share some feedback
> > that I received last year.
> >
> > Our group is diverse: attendees come from different backgrounds. Not
> > everyone masters the English language to the same degree, which is
> > something that we should probably be more aware of.
> >
> > Last year, some of the attendees were not able to follow some of the
> > discussions, as the level of English used was to high for them. Sadly, I
> > wasn't aware at the time. I was very sorry to hear that people felt they
> > were left out a little.
> >
> > I would like for everyone to be able to participate fully. I'm confident
> > that everyone shares this feeling. I'm asking you to try and avoid complex
> > use of the English language, to make sure that everyone can follow.
> >
> > Although I understand that someone might be reluctant to bring this up in
> > public, I urge everyone to do so if this affect you (if you prefer, you can
> > do this to me in private).
> >
> > I'm looking forward to meeting everyone again in a couple of weeks!
> > Regards,
> >
> >   Guus
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