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Discussion on: Reality of programmer's English skill in non-English-speaking countries?

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Miyuki Harada

Hi! I'm a Japanese web developer living in Japan but I spent my childhood outside Japan and grew up in an English speaking environment.

I understand your concerns about how Japanese and non-English speaking programmers may bring problems in regards with development and communication. I share the same concerns that you have when I just first came back in Japan, but as I spent more time with them, I believe that as long there is the same goal to deliver good and quality software there are almost no issue with not having the same set level of English skills as long as we're able to communicate in one way or another. There are also a number of good bilingual developers and translators here in Japan who are helping each other in terms of open source projects.

Yes, there’s the benefit of having good and quality English skill, but it doesn’t all mean that if you speak good English, you’re already a good developer and vice versa.

So keeping in mind to have an open atmosphere and letting people communicate where they’re comfortable with is way better than imposing a strong regulation on this one.

PS. As I have read you're replies with the other comments, I found it kind of harsh that you consider how Japanese way of writing, a “nonsense". That is just how we speak politely.

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Nana Sakisaka Author

Yes, there’s the benefit of having good and quality English skill, but it doesn’t all mean that if you speak good English, you’re already a good developer and vice versa.

I didn't say there's "benefit" of having good English skill; it'd be more precise to say it's must-have. The main theme of my initial post is the cultural literacy around the programmers. Supporting de-facto skill is a must-have; supporting the dominant language is just... different issue.

Like you said, respecting people's native cultures are very important in terms of diversity.