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Tuesday, March 26 2019 @ 06:13 PM UTC

Which Do You Want First, the Good News, or the Bad News?

Books & ReadingThe good news is that more magazines are starting to hit the market printed in the English language. And many are adopting a "bilingual" format, in which the English and Spanish text appear basically side-by-side, wrapped around the art, photos, and graphics for the story. Magazine editors and publishers are aware of the importance of the the expanding English-speaking expatriate market, and are adjusting their business models to cater the them. That's the good news. The bad news is that the people who are putting out these publications are apparently using Panamanians who have leaned English as a second language to translate the articles originally written in Spanish to English. While you can understand most of the content, the little grammatical "bumps" in the road are a distraction to the reader. Hopefully, magazine editors will begin to hire native English speakers to at least proof-read the text of the articles, to bring them up to a higher level of quality. Whiel Im dat firs guy to no that anybodi can mak some tyopz and stuff, the content of some of these articles will just cause you to break out laughing. I'm not going to mention any names, honor among publishers and all that, and I prefer to look at the positive side of things. I've contacted a handful of editors, and left them shaking their heads. The quality will pick up over time, and there will be more printed material in English for us to read. Yeah!
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Which Do You Want First, the Good News, or the Bad News?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 05 2006 @ 01:50 AM UTC

why not try learning spanish for a change..you are in a spanish speaking country after all...´when in rome do as the romans´.... part of respecting a local culture instead of walking over it

Which Do You Want First, the Good News, or the Bad News?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 10 2006 @ 12:08 AM UTC

NO, you do not need native americans to proof read the content of any article what you need is individuals who are well educated in the English-Grammar subject matter regardless of their origin or nationality.

Which Do You Want First, the Good News, or the Bad News?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, June 19 2006 @ 11:39 AM UTC

Why not trying to learn Spanish instead?
Please do not copy the same ways of Mexicans in America : not learning the official language of the country where they live, and try to impose a different language on a foreign country.
Come on,Learn Spanish and will have more fun than only being monolingual.