A joke from Internet
A rat was in his hole, while outside a cat stood waiting: MEOW, MEOW. Time went by, and all the rat could hear was MEOW, MEOW. After several hours, the rat, by now very hungry, heard a new sound: WOOF WOOF. So the rat thought: “If there is a dog around, the cat must have left.” So the rat came out, looking for food. He had just come out into the open when the cat pounced – CRUNCH! Already in the cat’s mouth, the rat said: “You crafty cat, that was a trap!” And the cat replied: “You know, dude, if you don’t speak at least two languages you can not survive!”
So that illustrate the importance of knowing a foreign language.
Think different, speak different
We, IMechE members in Hong Kong are mostly nonnative speakers, and we can read English, sure. We always make our members speak English, and read English, and in a sense we are in the global community. However, nowadays we are facing fierce competition from nearly anywhere. Soliciting our potential customers in their language would help improve our approachability, in my point of view.
Very certainly we are a member of global community, but as we have quite a large membership base, we cannot lose sight of our local affairs and concerns, which is accompanying us every day. Globalisation cannot prosper without the foundation of localisation. Competitiveness of globalisation excels best with the cultivated power of localisation.
Have heard the phrase “think global, act local” for very long. Until recently I think it over and over and I come up with an idea.
We engineers are somewhat adventurous (outside our offices). We do not want to re-invent the wheel so we will leave the official website in place with the idea: You can
access them in any language you want, as long as it’s English. Well, at least this remains true for today.
My blog will remain in English, to remain some sort of consistency since I started off writing in English (at least for now).
We will start off a new blog, contributed by our fellow YMS Committee Members. And they will sometimes write in Chinese to make it more “readable” to local members. That’s a testing-the-water strategy and we will see how it goes.