Non Native Speakers

Well, I'm not a native Perl speaker. ;-)
I'm not even a native English speaker. Obviously. This can be hard sometimes.
Altough I would like to qualify my English as "quite o.k." I encounter problems reading documentation and code.
My problem (as I analyze it) is that I'm often unsure if I understood something correctly. And if I clearly don't, I find it hard to identify if it is due to complicated content, peculiarly used words or technical terms I don't know.

For the non-native speakers: Do you have similar problems?

For the native speakers: Imagine reading when you are really tired. I think this should feel more or less the same than reading technical writing in a foreign language.

And then all these little jokes. I really enjoy them, but they sometimes make it really hard to get the main content.

Another question for the native speakers: How do you feel when you are reading non-natively spoken (baby) English? Are you annoyed at the many mistakes?

And then: If you compare this to computing languages? Most of us are non native speakers. At least I hope so. :-)

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As many people have problems with English text, I started to translate the perlfaq to German ( In our forum at often get the question "what does that mean" (with regard to documentation). So I think it is important that at least some documentation should be available in "non-English-languages". I really appreciate the work of all pod2... workers (

But Perl related text (documentation or articles) can be a good practice for non native speakers. I know, that some readers use the german Perl magazin "$foo" ( to practice their German ;-)

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