Last year, Y Combinator’s Paul Graham managed to get the world tech communities’ undies in a bundle over comments made in an interview with Inc.:
One quality that’s a really bad indication is a CEO with a strong foreign accent. I’m not sure why. It could be that there are a bunch of subtle things entrepreneurs have to communicate and can’t if you have a strong accent. Or, it could be that anyone with half a brain would realize you’re going to be more successful if you speak idiomatic English, so they must just be clueless if they haven’t gotten rid of their strong accent. I just know it’s a strong pattern we’ve seen.
As has become par for the course in these types of situations, the internet got real excited and angry about the snippet (see responses here, here and here), after which Graham decided to clarify his remarks – but not necessarily back down. Accents are fine, he affirmed, but “the problem is when people can’t understand you.”
This, entrepreneurs, is coming from one of the leading figures in startups and venture capital in the world today. And no matter what side of the debate you stand on, it’s hard to argue with the idea that the scenario is better if you know good English than it is if you don’t.
Designed for those with previous knowledge of the English language, the three-month course provides students with the tools necessary to communicate their products and services, pitch their ideas and approach business meetings head-on. Roughly 80% of the course is based on speaking and listening, the objective being to prepare learners for face-to-face interaction and teach them to think on their feet (in English, of course).
The course is divided into three levels featuring four basic lessons each – you can see the full agenda here. English for entrepreneurs classes start on February 10th.
The Too Easy English track for entrepreneurs is already a deal any way you look at it, priced 50% lower than its competitors. And for readers of PulsoSocial, the price is even lower.
Now through January 31st, PulsoSocial readers will be eligible for a 35% discount on the Too Easy English entrepreneurial course (which was originally priced at US$150). All you need to do to redeem that discount is go to the course website, click to sign up and input the discount code PULSOSOCIAL upon registration.
Classes start February 10th, and this deal only lasts until January 31st, so sign up today.
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