IT Courses in English recorded by Non-Native Americans

JuanMartinJuanMartin Member Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
edited November 19 in Educational Resources
Is it true that Americans don't buy IT courses (self-study) recorded by foreigners? They prefer native English-speaking courses and don't like (or don't buy) Europeans, Indians or Australians, right?


  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 1,975 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Interesting topic. I am an American living in Europe so have taking my share of trainings by non-native English speakers, but have never taken the nationality of the instructor into consideration when choosing a course. I prefer knowledgeable instructors regardless of their native tongue. Maybe someone that struggles with certain accents might find it problematic, but that has not been an issue for me. 
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,477 Admin
    edited November 19
    For me it's important to be able to easily understand an instructor's presentation regardless of their national origin. If I am constantly distracted by not recognizing the presenter's pronunciations of words, the timing or enunciation of the presenter's accent, or the presenter's overall voice quality or recording fidelity, I will adjust the playback speed of the video (or podcast or audio book) to try and find a setting more palatable to my ear/brain. If a written, English-language transcript is available, such as on LinkedIn Learning and Pluralsight, that makes it all the easier to overcome any difficulties I might have in understanding the instructor's presentation. If I cannot adjust the presentation to suit myself, I will then only use the presentation slides and transcript.
    One interesting thing to note is that Americans tend to be more attracted to British-speaking presenters. There is something about the British tone and presentation style that Americans find compelling and makes them feel they are getting better information from a more informed and reliable source. This also includes Australian accents too--as proven by the presenters at Digital Cloud Training and A Cloud Guru.
  • yparkypark Senior Member NoVAMember Posts: 114 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I don't mind the accent as long as I can clearly understand the presenter at the pace I like. I am more picky about their overall attitude and delivery. I love Keith Barker but I can't stand Anthony Sequeira. No offense to Anthony (his content seems great).
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  • yoba222yoba222 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,236 ■■■■■■■■□□
    As an American, English and Australian accents are fine for me. Even some non-English, European accents are okay too. For whatever the reason, I have the hardest time following thick Indian accents, so I avoid that training when possible.
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