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21 August 2006 Blog Home : August 2006 : Permalink

The language as she is spoke in Portugal?

The Register points to an amusing Google Ireland job opening. As the reg notes one amusing detail is the lingusitic requirement:

Speaks and writes Belgian and English fluently and idiomatically.

And that seems to go along with the title of job - "Inside Sales Senior Representative, Belgian - EU Headquarters" - obviously if you are to be a sales rep for the Belgian territory you need to speak Belgian. And thus, while us Europeans know that there ain't no such thing as the Belgian language since you have a choice of Flemish, Walloon French or German, this is the sort of unsurprising mistake that anyone could make by cutting and pasting a job post from one European country to another.

But then you get to the really weird bit. What is the role/job of our Inside Sales Senior Representative, Belgian - EU Headquarters?

The objective of this role is to sell Google products (primarily AdWords) to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Portugal.

Right... I can just see those SMEs in Portugal responding positively to Mr Google as he calls them in Flemish, Walloon French or German.

I despise l'Escroc and Vile Pin