On Mon, 2003-04-21 at 12:58, Jarno Elonen wrote: > > It's also worth considering that perhaps there is a language difference > > (does Hans have English as a first language?) that make it seem that the > > email seem harsher than it really is. Many Europeans are naturally very > > honest with what they say and at first this comes across as been rude/blunt > > etc (especially to people who rarely consider the world outside there own > > borders). [SNIP] > In a face-to-face conversation these shortcomings are compensated by body > language. A slightly raised tone of voice is immediately reflected on the > other person's face so you don't have to exaggerate like in email. Definatly, even though there you can be misunderstood by the native english speaking, because of the directness in some european cultures, that are mostly avoided, meaning things are said well packaged, not to offend the counterpart. Regards, Martin List-Petersen martin at list-petersen dot dk -- This universe shipped by weight, not by volume. Some expansion of the contents may have occurred during shipment.
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