Your English is great.

Stop apologizing, seriously. Even if your English is not great, it is way better than my Farsi, Schwyzerduetsch, Amharic, Portuguese, or Mandarin. In fact, the less-great your English is, the more-charming I find your question.

While we’re on the topic, I will remind you that having customers and co-workers around the world is my favorite part of my job. I like being called Trika-san occasionally, and I like reviewing Saudi Arabian marketing materials for use "all around the Kingdom" (exotic sounding to those of us not in kingdoms) and, frankly, I am much more glamorous in other languages, e.g. "Le Blog de Trika."I think it is interesting, and cool, that you who get certified in Germany have essentially the same experience as someone who gets certified in Mexico–where the only thing different might be the language the exam is in.

Sometimes for the MCP Live Meetings we make a map of who has registered. Like this, from one of last week’s meetings on Microsoft Certified Master, where we had people calling in from all over the place. Like Mats in Sweden, for example.


I just think that’s nice, is all. And I appreciate that you write to me in my language; I regret that I don’t respond in yours. So, stop apologizing. Your English is great.

Comments (15)

  1. Nice post 🙂

    I am from Poland and sometimes apologizing for my English ;( and it is sometimes problem when on the other hand site is person who do not understand that on the word is more then one language.

    Thanks for this Trika.

  2. I feel we’re just not getting the type of penetration in Greenland and Antarctica we could hope for!

  3. Mats says:

    I just assume you are refering to me.

    In that case, thank you.


  4. Adrian says:

    Great post 🙂

    love the map too, its very interesting to see who registers from where.

    look at the chap out in the Indian Ocean! crusing around in his little boat keeping up on all the latest gossip..

  5. Hello from Brazil, Trika!

    Thank you for this post 😀

    I mean, every week I have contacts with Microsoft guys from US and other regions of the world, and almost in every message I send I say "Sorry for my English", haha.

    Sometimes I translate your posts to some friends to help them get certified 🙂


    Emilio Mansur


  6. Mohamud says:

    This must be "cultural learnings of MCPs for make benefit glorious company Microsoft". I like your name as Trika-san! Next time, I will register for the MCP LiveMeeting so you have Vancouver,BC in the map.

  7. Guillaume says:

    I just wonder who the hell the guy in the Middle of Quebec is. Must be an IT guy for our Hydro electricity company

  8. hfrmobile says:

    Nice post!

    Is there a way to get links of such maps for all Live Meetings? (e.g. for zooming or finding me)

    Greetings from Vienna (Austria),


  9. says:

    @Adrian: he is cruising around in his little boat, I KNOW!

  10. hfrmobile says:

    @trikah: Just ignored me …?

    Using Google Maps (or Google Earth) such a map would be possible … (e.g.

  11. says:

    @hrf: no, never ignoring. I checked out your blog, actually, and wondered if you’ve ever been sailing on the Traunsee? And if you are one of the 193 people who have earned the Windows Embedded MCTS certification? I like your idea; let’s figure out if we can do it with Live maps (that’s what we do today – just take a static registration list and map it). I’d like it if we could post it as a live map… maybe we can, I just don’t know how. Ideas?

  12. Eduard Bratz says:

    Great post Trika! Regards from Brasil!

  13. hfrmobile says:

    I have investigated a bit and it should be possible to import the data to Live Maps.

    Maybe you need to convert the data to a suitable format which Live Maps can import (GeoRSS, GPX, KML or KMZ file). HTH?

    I earned MTCS certification but not Embedded (ASP.NET).

    No, never was sailing on the Traunsee …

    Greetings from Vienna,


  14. hfrmobile says:

    I tried it using KML file and it works well:

    Btw, Vienna is the first Austrian city which is available in 3D :o)