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References from non-English speakers [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2007, 07:24
Hello Paul!

I am planning to apply to B schools this fall, and I already see a technical problem that might be a bit difficult to tackle.

I have been living and working in Russia and China for the past ten years and most of the people I would like to ask to provide references do not speak/use English well enough to write up a decent letter. What should I do?

Thank you!
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Re: References from non-English speakers [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2007, 14:21
xerox wrote:
Hello Paul!

I am planning to apply to B schools this fall, and I already see a technical problem that might be a bit difficult to tackle.

I have been living and working in Russia and China for the past ten years and most of the people I would like to ask to provide references do not speak/use English well enough to write up a decent letter. What should I do?

Thank you!


Xerox,

You should ask them to write a letter in their native language and then find a competent translator (other than yourself) to translate it for them. The schools should be informed that they are reading a translation and they should be told who that translator is. Since that process won't be cheap probably, I recommend that before your recommenders write their letters you thoroughly coach them as to what constitutes a strong letter. Hint: *examples.* I discuss in great detail the components of a strong reco letter in my book, Great Application Essays for Business School. But also see Accepted.com's free resources on reco letters.

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Joined: 01 Feb 2007
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Location: Silicon Valley via Russia, China, Canada and Wharton/Lauder
Schools: Wharton/Lauder (Mandarin Chinese)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 52 [0], given: 8

 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2007, 06:20
Thank you for your advice, Paul. If you do not mind I will be seeking your oppinion on my profile a few weeks later on this forum.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2007, 16:15
xerox wrote:
Thank you for your advice, Paul. If you do not mind I will be seeking your oppinion on my profile a few weeks later on this forum.


You're welcome.
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