Speaking the same language

When I started this blog last year, I decided to do it in English. My aim was to reach a broader (worldwide) audience, thus sharing my experience with more people than would be possible in Dutch (my mothers tongue). Since almost all Dutch people understand English, my guess was that that should work out fine? Well, it often does, but there are situations where it is better to communicate in my native language. That is why my new years resolution (Dutch: goede voornemen) for 2011 is to blog multilingual, both in Dutch and in English.

So from now on you will see postings in English and Dutch. If you can read both languages, then I suggest to select the Dutch version of the website, then you will get all postings. If you are an international reader, and don’t understand Dutch, then select the English version.

Most of my postings will still be in English, so if you don’t understand Dutch, this site will still be very valuable for you. I’ll use Dutch for posting on conferences or workshop in the Netherlands, e.g. from SPIder, the Dutch People-CMM workgroup, Agile Holland or Agile Overheid. It was a bit silly to do that in English anyway. And sometimes I will share my experience in Dutch if it is a better way to get my ideas across.

I’m deliberately not translating everything on this website. First, that would cost me a lot of time, which I’d rather spend on providing new information. And second, most people in the Netherlands read (and speak) English quite well. That is also why this posting is in English (and I’m not translating it).

Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Natarajan Sankaran

    Then let me learn Dutch to get the benefit of your blogging in both the language:-)

  2. BenLinders

    Hi Natarajan,

    Indeed, readers who understand both Dutch and English can use all the content. However most content will still be in English, to support an international audience. Exception are local events in the Netherlands, and Dutch publications; they will be posted in Dutch.

    Best regards
    Ben Linders

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