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Here is a piece of advice for Indians wanting to work in or with European business circles:

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"You will find that there are differences in structure and usage between Indian English and "European business English".

The structure of sentences is a little different. The adjectives often come after the noun.

Take these differences in stride, and try to adapt your style of speaking and writing to the people you're doing business with. It is much more effective to communicate in the way the majority of people are comfortable with than to try to change things to the style you may be more used to."

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/06/05/stories/2006060500440900.htm

Do you think that native AE and BE speakers, when working in or with Indian English speaking business circles in India, should also adapt their usage to suit that context?
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Hi milky,

Yes, I think they should. Or, alternatively, and I feel I like this idea even more, Indians should be allowed to use Indian English in Europe and North America as well.

Englishuser
The advice given to Indians is the sort of thing I was trying to get across in the thread "Whose property?" It seems it is acceptable for Indians to give each other "cultural" advice, but not for non-Indians to do so.

I was mystified by the statement: The adjectives often come after the noun. What do you think he means?
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It looks a little tongue-in-cheek to me.

MrP
<It seems it is acceptable for Indians to give each other "cultural" advice, but not for non-Indians to do so.>

Have you tried giving cultural advice to American businessmen/women?
MrPedanticIt looks a little tongue-in-cheek to me.

MrP

The thread question remains the same.
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coburn-----------------

This is for all users of Indian English:

Please speak SLOWLY when calling business partners in Europe and the US. Most people I know have a hard time understanding people from India. Sometimes it took me more than ten seconds to figure out they were actually speaking English.
To be fair, a lot of people say that British people speak too quickly too...I know I have to slow down when I'm speaking to certain people I know who are not English. Even my boyfriend loses track sometimes when I rabbit on at my normal speed.
Anonymouscoburn-----------------

This is for all users of Indian English:

Please speak SLOWLY when calling business partners in Europe and the US. Most people I know have a hard time understanding people from India. Sometimes it took me more than ten seconds to figure out they were actually speaking English.

I get the similar "complaints" from my Spanish, Mexican, French, Indian, Chinese and Japanese students regarding the fast speech of most American English speakers.
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