A Tokyo trip report
Posted Jul 29, 2007 11:53 UTC (Sun) by dpotapov
Parent article: A Tokyo trip report
People are lazy and learning a foreign language is not easy. So not many of us are ready to spend enough time and effort to become fluent in a foreign language if it gives us little in return. However, if you are motivated to learn a foreign language; if you feel it is important for you to participate in some project, which is what you really want to do, then it is just a matter of time.
Nowadays, English is de-facto the international language when it comes software development (and not only). So anyone who really wants to participate in any open source project should seriously consider to learn English well enough that it will not impede your communication with other people. BTW, my native language is not English as most friends of mine, and based on mine experience I would say that there is some correlation between one's ability to learn English and being a good programmer. All good programmers I know are capable to express themselves clearly (though not always in perfect English) while those who have most difficulties to get their message across are programmers whose code always looks ugly... I don't want to say that one thing necessitate the other, but it looks like there is a very strong correlation here.
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