Non English Readers Non-English readers write me letters, they post comments on blogs, and they submit their webpages to HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideOut.com. I delete many, and cannot reply to most.
--------------------------------- Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia Sunday, December 9, 2007 Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- ----------------------------------
My site is about 50 / 50, about 50 percent of readers are native English Speakers and the rest are not. Communication with a person who does not speak English is a 50/50 proposition, I have a reasonable responsibility to write clear, simple words and help them listen or read. They have a responsibility to try to understand.
I speak Spanish, and when I traveled to Brazil, people would ask, - Does Spanish help?- - Yes, if the person you are talking with wants to understand. -
I have been toying around with the idea of having machine translations more easily available on the page. A click here and translate from English to Spanish, Japanese, etc.
I sometimes am wildly amazed how culturally and language insensitive the big corporate sites can be. I am also amazed how companies like Google.com and Yahoo.com can be very sensitive.
China wants to do business, they submit pages to my HoboTraveler.com, import - export pages continually. People want visas to go work, India is continually submitting to my Embassy pages.
I delete about 50 percent because they do not understand and are off topic, more or less they submit in the wrong category most of the time.
If a person from another language group writes badly, miss-spells words, etc, I am very forgiving. If they use abbreviations used in chats, like coz or b4, or lol, I just delete and do not worry, they are not focused. They are learning the wrong habits, chat language is not English, and for sure is not well mannered.
It is a fun experience with the site to learn how the rest of the world thinks. In then end, I can see their intentions, and the ones that are not lazy, do a good job will make it where they want to go.