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Well it appears we all speak American English...

Posted By: cat on 2008-01-06
In Reply to: Let me answer that - blondie

There are thousands of different dialects of American English....from North to South or East to West.  Come on folks, we listen for a living....Please calm your little buns down...."American" is not a dialect....Vernacular is different everywhere.  When asked to "cut out the lights" my kids looked at me for an answer to which I replied "turn off the light switch".      Cat


Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN


"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


Theodore Roosevelt 1907

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Blodnee, you speak English, not American....sm

and answer the question....Where did you're predecessors/folks come from...or don'tcha know that either?  Cat 

of course they speak english, with an accent but they speak British-English quite well.
And I can't speak Indian so I guess they have an edge don't they?
At least most of them speak English as a first language, eh.
Except the Francophones/Quebecois. Plus, they're not undercutting us on wages.

Pas DE probleme!
to dictate if you cannot speak English.
Sorry to gripe about this, as I know it comes with this industry, but I just transcribed (ha) a doctor, who sounded like this......

ditdada..ditditdadada..ummm, aaahh, shimaprazole, shinequapam, ditdootoday, patient no feel no good...ditditdazow. I quit.
Most of them can't speak correct English,
much less type it.
Tad immature? - does not speak English.
Maybe people in India who can't speak English? nm
If the dictators could speak proper English and enunciate clearly,

if the supervisors didn't bounce MTs off of QA in less than a week and then gripe at everyone about leaving blanks, if the account specs were clearly delineated, if the pay was worth a darn, if the QA feedback was constructive and consistent, then maybe the MTs would care about quality and loyalty. 

Are there many American MTs whose first language isn't English? nm
No ma'am I speak American.

It's a dialect, not a language. As for my ancestors, I have traced my heritage to Ireland, Czech Republic, and Poland. I'm well aware of my roots. But I don't live in those countries, I live here. I wouldn't move somewhere I couldn't understand or be understood.

It sounds to me like you're one of the bleeding heart liberals, who wants to keep letting more in when we can't take care of the ones we have. Do you enjoy your work being sent overseas to people who can't understand "English"? Do you enjoy making a lot less per line because of that?  

I feel sorry for you and your ignorant bliss of what this country is becoming. I'm pretty sure you're outnumbered on this board, too. You have taken a comment out of context to suit your own soapbox. My point was, if they want to offshore work, why not send them their own dictators? There are hundreds on this board everyday complaining about the ESL's - hence the acronym - and yet I see nothing from the "cat" to those commenters.

Maybe you just wanted someone to fight with today. Signing off - have no time for comments like yours!

I spent about a month in India and they do speak English but sometimes I had a hard time
understanding the way they pronounced the words so I would ask them to spell it.
Does it really matter what language they speak when another American loses a job to outsourcing?????

It appears that your mind is (sm)

the one that is closed, which is why nothing will ever be done.

I have done my part.

What you eventually do about your own situation is completely on your shoulders, not anyone else's.

Not exactly sure, but target appears to be MTs.
Scientology appears to be nothing more....n/m

Whoaaa...the pic with the MTs at desks appears to have been taken in
I enlarged the photo. The MTs appear Indian in total to me.
that poster evidently appears to....sm
appears to have multiple problems.....once a man hits you, it's never the only time #1.  I have never been hit or cheated on.  However, my self-esteem is my #1 priority in my life for the past 15+ years, and I intend keeping it that way. 
In reading your threads, it appears like they sm
belong somewhere else as you don't have a grip on what the poster is saying. So, get a grip, eh?
It appears to have been deleted. I forget - sm
which board it was on, this one or gab? Anyways, I had said to possibly use call blocking to block your sister, or to unplug your phone for 15 minutes or so during the period she calls you back. I remember someone else suggested having her number blocked but have her calls forwarded to a cell phone if you have one. I'd look into another phone line as suggested below; they are not that expensive (get it with no LD, just the basics and use it for your virtual call center if you can). You can write off the cost of your phone lines on your taxes on Sch. C, so they do help offset your taxes some. Or you could just try to do an extra 300-500 lines a month to cover the cost of the phone line. Good luck.
The Amazon one appears to be a current

edition and the CD that comes with it is an outdated spellchecker and not the dictionary on CD-ROM.  The Stedman's one is just the CD and they are always more than the book.  The have more detailed info on the CD.  I have an older version of the book and I think I've used it 2 times in 10 years.   When I update my Stedman's now I buy the CD and I might use it more if I had it on CD versus the book, though with their CDs now you can only install it twice.  They also have the book, but it is about $50.  

Check the classified board here and check half.com.  You can most likely find it cheaper at either place. 

see Rose's message above; appears to be more to this.
It appears to be happening to all of us. How do you spell -

Illinois company and it appears
when I checked they still have the account and the account is up to date. Since direct deposit is an option, I figure there are some who do not realize they didn't get paid yet, since I was told everyone on that account did not get paid. Why would they keep the account if they did not get paid by the client? Tried calling the labor board and left a message for a call back. I will have to see what I can do. Thanks for your response.
It appears that each time you changed jobs, you went (sm)
down another rung on the ladder. Nurse, insurance rater, now MT. The next step is probably burger-flipper at McDonald's.
appears to be an Indian based company. SM
doing a search for Spectramedi and India, you will find the following link. Make your decision, but I won't work for a company who has affiliation with any overseas company or employs overseas workers. Their website shows they are based out of New York, but this India link indicates they do business in India. This is only my opinion based on my internet search.

and so it appears( x 3) the prestigious Cleveland Clinic does too.
Thanks. I purchased a three way plug last night and it appears to be working and yes for the-sm
poster above it does have a filter on it but the way it plugs in I needed the extra plug so I could still be connected to the computer for my fax to work.  Thanks again for the help. 
he is not American on what was an American site
What we post, jobs posted, and those who are posting jobs have no way of knowing it is off shore because he is hiding it - what a great way to get more of our jobs - not sure why this does not bother you. But as an American it bothers me

It appears the magic number is 500. Lots of folks job hunting, for sure.
English Ivy all over
It's in our back yard, couldn't stop it from growing if we tried. It wraps around our mailbox, which is actually very pretty.... it doesn't even die during our winters here. But it is woody, unless you get some of the ends farthest away from the dirt. Look closely and you'll see small roots sticking out from the stalk. You can either put those directly in dirt, put in water, or rooting hormone helps it take off faster. We're in the south and that stuff grows everywhere. I would give it away gladly just to cut a lot of it away. Good luck!
is NOT the official language. There is no official language. True, the majority speak English as their first language but it is not OUR language yet.

Officially maybe it isn't but the majority as you say are English. I just think some people who come here should take the initiative to learn English more than they do.
I think I get fustrated because I have a Mexican who lives nearby and came over to the U.S., as many do, illegal. She has a green card to work and all but she isn't a citizen. Well she will not study her English more and can't hardly communicate. It fustrates me because she needs to make more of an effort to learn English where not only can she be understood more but she can understand us more. She can speak English just barely.
That is where a lot of my fustration comes from with foreign dialect. A lot of Mexicans come over here and think we should learn Spanish to communicate with them. Well if they want to live in the U.S. they can learn English. Some of them do learn and you can communicate with them. But some have a chip on their shoulder that they are going to speak Spanish and we can just adapt to it or the government should make provisions for it. Well we did not ask them to come here so learn it or leave.
True. There are so many dialects here in the U.S. I am from the south, and I went up north and they talk entirely different. Just different accents, different ways of saying things. They looked at me like where in the heck did you come from.
But with the ESLs I just get plain fustrated because I feel like they aren't making a effort to speak where I can understand them sometimes. And some of them do make the effort. They do and you can tell. They are trying. But those others really chap my *ss.

I thought all foreign MD's had to pass the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates).  Maybe this just verifies their information insofar as medical school, etc. and clinical skills assessment.  I thought they had to pass an English exam, also. 

I agree -- there are too many people walking around not knowing or using the English language.  If they want to live here, they should at least like our country and not fly our flag upside down, etc. AND SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE.  I have no problem with foreigners coming over here.  My only problem is with foreigners coming over here and not respecting our language and culture.



English yes, others no.
Hey, speak for yourself (sm)
My accounts are 95% ESL. I love them. I can do them. It's job security, thanks to the MTs who can't or won't do them. As long as I can hear them and the technical quality is there, I welcome the ESL challenge!

I'm lost as to why doctors can not just speak more clearly. I know it is possible, I have many doctors who do it. I am only 25, and I am going to be gray by the time I am 30.

My god. i know that its hard to have so many patients, its also hard to transcribe if you cant speak clearly, for the doctors that can talk more fluent thank you very much.
I would not speak

or respond to any job posting that used a hotmail address.  ANY reputable company will have professional email set up that uses their company name, such as   recruiter@reputablecompany.com. 

Did he speak to you about it?
Speak for yourself
You cannot speak for everyone!!


Hey, speak for yourself...
And her opinions in posts. She put in ample dues in this profession and I for one am delighted that she showed up here to post and keep her fingers on the pulse of the MT biz. I think Ella pretty much rocks.

Pay the naysayers no mind, Ella...You keep posting, girlfriend, because I'm sure I'm not the only one who respects your contribution to the profession and your continued input.

And, geez, she was only pointing out that there are good and bad in EVERY race, nothing wrong with that perspective, especially since IMO it's correct.

I sympathize with you with the ESLs (just finished a 15-minute report dictated by a VERY Chinese dictator which has me ready to beat my head into my monitor, lol!), but don't take it out on Ella. Without the blood, sweat and tears of MTs like Ella, where we would all be today?

English Language
Amen to that!!!
I live in South Florida and you may as well call it a foreign country. I asked a clerk at local Walmart for Phiso-dem...she had me write it on her notepad she carries around, because she doesn't speak English!!!!
English as a Second Language
from an MT into a English Teacher

Am thinking of getting some education units (degree hopefully) to become an english teacher. I have been an MT for roughly seven years, five months give or take including schooling. But since i feel that Big Company (fourth down upper left panel of your screen, starts with "m") that says they dont outsource, but we cant be be so sure. I feel that the work is not anymore paying well right now. (maybe im just not getting the big breaks) I feel that i have to check my alternatives - cause im not getting any younger. Its tough out there but i think that god will provide.

Former MTs Teaching English
I heard that too. its in the newpaper last week, they will be looking for teacher. Man, this board is really updated.
Am i too old to be a english teacher?
is there a age requirement on being an english teacher? Or 32 is too old?
help with english phrase
permitted to don and dos his TSLO, I know it means to put on and take off, but how do you spell it?  Thanks.
Knowing English as well
In your post you said "I am knew" to the transcription world. It should be new. This is just what would keep you from passing a transcription test.
Should have said English as a FIRST language. LOL