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Re: I Need Help From All You Native Speakers Once Again

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Re: Re: I Need Help From All You Native Speakers Once Again
« Reply #360 on: September 02, 2020, 02:12:09 PM »
Thanks guys! :grin:


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Adjective order in English really jumbles my head (too much interference with Portuguese) but that makes sense. :thumbsup:

The thing is native English speakers use an unwritten rule for the order of adjectives, using them out of order sounds odd.  Most people do this, but could not explain how they arrived at the order.

This link may help (or make it even more confusing.)

Thanks! The link helps! :grin:
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« Reply #361 on: September 02, 2020, 02:14:20 PM »
Most recently I treated myself to the British edition of Dreyer's English, which I thought was a genuine delight.  :excuse:

I may be weird but I think that book looks fun to read :sidesmile:
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« Reply #362 on: September 02, 2020, 02:16:35 PM »
I'm with Recusant in that I used to read dictionaries for fun when I was a kid.

When I was a kid I had this electronic dictionary that looked a bit like cross between a prehistoric gameboy and tablet. I would spend all day typing in words and marveling at the definitions appearing on the screen.

Maybe I am weird, I don't know. :grin: :P 
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« Reply #363 on: September 03, 2020, 05:04:09 AM »
^ Maybe you are not so weird. Could it be that you are one of the blessed few who finds the quest for knowledge stimulating and useful?


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Re: Re: I Need Help From All You Native Speakers Once Again
« Reply #364 on: September 03, 2020, 08:15:55 AM »
Most recently I treated myself to the British edition of Dreyer's English, which I thought was a genuine delight.  :excuse:

I need to correct the above statement. Though I picked out Dreyer's English, it was actually a gift from Lark:love: :hug2:
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« Reply #365 on: September 03, 2020, 02:11:56 PM »
^ Maybe you are not so weird. Could it be that you are one of the blessed few who finds the quest for knowledge stimulating and useful?

I prefer to think of myself that way. :smug:

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« Reply #366 on: September 03, 2020, 02:29:30 PM »
Most recently I treated myself to the British edition of Dreyer's English, which I thought was a genuine delight.  :excuse:

I need to correct the above statement. Though I picked out Dreyer's English, it was actually a gift from Lark:love: :hug2:

Sweet! :grin:
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« Reply #367 on: September 03, 2020, 02:44:22 PM »
I've gotten myself into a bit of a hurdle. My uncle was laid off recently and is job hunting for a new position in an aviation company in Brazil or abroad (he's a mechanical engineer specializing in aeronautics) and has asked me to translate his CV for him. I usually steer clear of CVs because I am not that familiar with business English, but since he's my uncle and has found himself in a pickle I decided to help. ::)

The first question I have is, what word(s) do you use to describe experience with computers? Is it ok to say "computer experience" to refer to knowledge on how to use Microsoft tools, for instance? Or "computing experience", "informatics" (though the latter seems to only refer to British English use, according to a quick search...)   
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« Reply #368 on: September 03, 2020, 04:02:14 PM »
My preference is for "computer literate", unless he actually works on the hardware of a computer.

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« Reply #369 on: September 03, 2020, 04:07:39 PM »
I'm with Recusant in that I used to read dictionaries for fun when I was a kid.

Old School ('60s style) Wikipedia-a set of encyclopedias! :lol: Read those for hours in the summertime, as a kid. I have extremely poor vision; throwing balls around and that sort of thing was hazardous, because I could hear a ball coming before I saw it. And that's WAY to late to make a play.

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« Reply #370 on: September 03, 2020, 04:13:07 PM »
My preference is for "computer literate", unless he actually works on the hardware of a computer.

Thanks, DL!  :thumbsup:

So can I say something like, "Computers - literate in the use of Microsoft tools"? He formatted his CV in the following divisions:

Training -  blah blah blah
Complementary education -  blah bah blah
Languages - blah bah blah
...

X - use of Microsoft tools, Word, Excel, blah bah blah

Where 'X' is "Computing", which I don't know, doesn't feel quite right in English. I don't know. He doesn't work on hardware, it's just referring to proficiency in software use. 
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« Reply #371 on: September 03, 2020, 04:17:31 PM »
I'm with Recusant in that I used to read dictionaries for fun when I was a kid.

Old School ('60s style) Wikipedia-a set of encyclopedias! :lol: Read those for hours in the summertime, as a kid. I have extremely poor vision; throwing balls around and that sort of thing was hazardous, because I could hear a ball coming before I saw it. And that's WAY to late to make a play.

Hey! I used to read my father's encyclopedias! Britannica I think they were called. He had a whole set of them. :grin:

Then when I was around 11 and PCs became affordable, my parents got me a bunch of floppy disks with encyclopedia software - audio and video clips included - I don't remember the name, unfortunately. I would spend literally hours a day interacting with that thing. :grin:   

I had a good childhood.  ;D
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« Reply #372 on: September 03, 2020, 06:56:03 PM »
My preference is for "computer literate", unless he actually works on the hardware of a computer.

Thanks, DL!  :thumbsup:

So can I say something like, "Computers - literate in the use of Microsoft tools"? He formatted his CV in the following divisions:

Training -  blah blah blah
Complementary education -  blah bah blah
Languages - blah bah blah
...

X - use of Microsoft tools, Word, Excel, blah bah blah

Where 'X' is "Computing", which I don't know, doesn't feel quite right in English. I don't know. He doesn't work on hardware, it's just referring to proficiency in software use. 


If he's insisting on having his knowledge and ability with varieties of software as a stand-alone rather than being listed under "Skills," I'd call the category "Computer skills." If he has listed other skills elsewhere, I'd suggest including his computer abilities in that category.
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« Reply #373 on: September 03, 2020, 09:43:52 PM »
My preference is for "computer literate", unless he actually works on the hardware of a computer.

Thanks, DL!  :thumbsup:

So can I say something like, "Computers - literate in the use of Microsoft tools"? He formatted his CV in the following divisions:

Training -  blah blah blah
Complementary education -  blah bah blah
Languages - blah bah blah
...

X - use of Microsoft tools, Word, Excel, blah bah blah

Where 'X' is "Computing", which I don't know, doesn't feel quite right in English. I don't know. He doesn't work on hardware, it's just referring to proficiency in software use. 


If he's insisting on having his knowledge and ability with varieties of software as a stand-alone rather than being listed under "Skills," I'd call the category "Computer skills." If he has listed other skills elsewhere, I'd suggest including his computer abilities in that category.

Yes, stand-alone computer skills.  :thumbsup: Grazie guys!
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« Reply #374 on: September 04, 2020, 12:25:41 AM »
Rec is right to have the CV mention abilities in specific programs that are part of the engineering quiver. 

Autocad, Solidwoirks, or similar programs are part of the deal for engineering types. Prospective employers need to know that the applicant can use modern tools with a suitable degree of familiarity.