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  • James Kirchner
    Oct 13, 2006
      I'm glad I put your mind at ease, Honza.

      Some Indonesians have surnames and some don't. I had to go help an
      Indonesian man apply for a US social security card once, and his
      father had a surname and his mother didn't. He had to work out a
      solution to that right there on the spot.


      On Oct 13, 2006, at 3:01 AM, Jan Culka wrote:

      > Thank you, Jamie, for new information - I really did not know that
      > Indonesians have one name only. I am in daily correspondence with
      > business partners there and I felt it always impolite to address
      > them only Januar or Arthur or Danic, especially when we have never
      > met, I have never seen their business cards. Thanks to you, now I
      > am much more even-minded.
      > Honza
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: James Kirchner
      > To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 3:40 AM
      > Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Please recommend a rotten website
      > On Oct 12, 2006, at 8:54 AM, Michal Boleslav Měchura wrote:
      > > And then there is the whole issue of date formats, currency
      > > formats, address formats, and so on. I live in a country that does
      > > not use postcodes, but many website simply won't let you submit an
      > > online order without filling in something for postcode. I usually
      > > put in a series of dummy zeros or ones, but the thing is, I
      > > shouldn't have to do that.
      > I specifically don't order my German language instructional materials
      > from Klett, because, although they supposedly ship to any country,
      > their site requires the postal code to be in European format, and I
      > can't enter my US zip code. Hueber's site doesn't have this flaw, so
      > Hueber Verlag has gotten a couple thousand dollars of business from
      > me that Klett would have gotten if not for that one tiny website
      > defect.
      > > How websites (and other types of software) handle people's names
      > > can also be a problem. Not all languages have names in the neat
      > > "name + surname" pattern.
      > Indonesians with no surnames tell me they're used to this problem
      > everywhere they go, and they just fill their only name in as both
      > first name and surname.
      > > I could just go on - but I won't because I would be boring you :-)
      > It's not boring to me! Go on and on!
      > In my class tonight I showed the English-language versions of the
      > "Gastronomy" and spa services pages at the website of Hotel Excelsior
      > in Marianske Lazne (http://hotelexcelsior.cz/en/). The comments were
      > interesting. About half the class didn't know what those little
      > national flags at the bottom were for. One student who did thought
      > that for Spanish they should have chosen the Spanish flag instead of
      > the flag of one of the Latin American or Caribbean countries. She
      > didn't realize she was looking at a Czech flag and that it was
      > supposed to indicate the Czech language. There's no Spanish on the
      > site.
      > Once I got past the students' revulsion at the bad English, they
      > noticed other things. Only one person knew what Pilsner Urquell was,
      > so the fact that the hotel's restaurant is "well known by Pilsner
      > Urquell experts" was completely lost on them. They also didn't know
      > that Pilsner Urquell and "the Pilsner brewery" referred to the same
      > place. They found the word "gastronomy" to be a little nauseating,
      > perhaps a bit medical sounding, and one student didn't even know what
      > it meant.
      > On the spa services page, it was agreed that none of them would ever
      > want to go there for any reason. One said, "When I think of going to
      > a spa, I imagine going somewhere to get pampered and made to feel
      > good, not to have them experiment on me with some kind of weird,
      > scary medical treatments!" They found the whole page rather
      > Frankenstein-ish. The page evidently does more to repel people in my
      > part of the English-speaking world than to attract them.
      > The hit of the night was the web page for an English language school
      > run by the Orea hotel chain, because it was in nearly unintelligible
      > English.
      > This is a fun exercise!
      > Jamie
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