Introducing Reddit in new languages
By - jleeky
If you ever start doing this on the website as well please can i ask you to pay special attention to NOT copy the dumb thing other websites like google do such as detecting your location and auto switching the language away from English with zero way to set it back even when you're logged in and have previously set your language preferences. This is a huge pet peeve of mine that every large company can't seem to get such a simple thing right. Google is the worse offender because they translate the word English into the local language making it impossible to switch back unless you can read that local language.
On each platform you can select your preferred language - we will initially default users based on their browser or OS language however users will always be able to select a different language. Once you’ve selected a language we will respect that choice for that platform. The language selection is per platform so you would need to select your language preference on web & iOS/Android separately.
As long as you are using default browser language, that should be great. That puts the power in the user’s hands.
Shops (like incase.com) autoredirect every single query to their overseas websites (incasejapan.jp) based on geolocation, which is only available in the local language (Japanese) and no way to ever stop it/pause/change. The people there can’t even fathom that there are people in Japan a) might want English descriptions, b) want to browse a site outside their region, c) access an “overseas” site, or D) read the newsletter links to new pages they send out without being auto-redirected to a black hole that 404s and dumps you to the geolocated version’s homepage that doesn’t have the information you want (so you cannot purchase a Father’s Day present for your father from overseas).
If you make regional sites, such as Reddit.jp in the future, make damn sure there is a way I can stay on the region/site I prefer (similar to Amazon - they are very good about this).
Why not just default to English and put a banner there saying "Hey, Reddit is also in language X! Do you want to switch?".
For some weird reasons many websites default to French for me and outside "oui" and "voulez-vous couche avec moi" I don't know anything in French. I hate language auto detection.
I selected english on my android app, but it still keeps randomly switching back to german after a while - when I look in the settings it is still set to english. Restarting the app sets it back to english, but after a while it will switch back to german again - that's just anoying.
if you are auto translating posts in terms of language then Reddit would be less fun
Does this allow translating of say a german subreddit to english?
No, we just translated the product UI for now. We are exploring translating others things on Reddit down the road.
Make sure any auto translation is opt-IN.
Nothing should ever be opt-OUT.
I say this as someone who has english as third language but who uses it as lingua franca.
The lingua franca should be the default
DO NOT. I don't want a bunch of auto-translated Americans misunderstanding and ruining other non-English subs because they completely misunderstood what is translated.
Neither do I want anything translated from or to English. EVER. E V E R.
> We are exploring translating others things on Reddit down the road.
Bad idea. Can you imagine the misunderstandings and arguments that would spring out of a mistranslated comment? How would mods handle that, when the words they're seeing in their native language might not match the words you're seeing in your native language, and both are different from the words the original poster typed? Not to mention how uncomfortable it is to me to imagine words I didn't write being attached to my name. Nuance can be very subtle, and I often choose my wording extremely carefully to ensure that I'm saying what I mean to say and not a neighboring concept that's offensive, bigoted, or maybe just incorrect. For example, consider how offensive it is in US english to call someone a black vs a black person. I can control that wording when I'm writing in english, but if I originally wrote in spanish or french and was translated to english, I might come off as racist when what I'd actually written was perfectly respectful...in my own language.
Why do you respond to lots of stuff, but never acknowledge the immense amount of negative feedback on the new mobile video player? r/redditmobile is absolutely filled with people who hate it. Nobody likes it. And yet it’s crickets from reddit about it. The least you could do is explain why you won’t listen to all the users who think it is garbage emulating tiktok and it’s even doing that extremely poorly.
lol "product UI"
can we contribute for providing translations in our language by any chance :)
We are currently not open for crowdsourced translation. However, you can send us a message [here](https://www.reddit.com/message/compose/?to=/r/translation_reddit) if you want to point out anything that needs a better translation.
Why not? We used to offer the Reddit UI in 30+ languages, all of it crowdsourced. Why not keep doing that?
I'm saving that link for the eventual ridiculous translation of words in my native language.
Wait a second, I remember seeing a reddit page entirely in Spanish like 5 years ago
I changed my language to Portugese.
I don't understand Portugese and can't figure out how to change it back.
É fácil! Só ir até suas configurações de usuário e selecionar Inglês. E tudo certo!
Ich werde nicht lügen, die Deutsche Übersetzung ist nicht wirklich gut geworden
Du kannst Feedback zur Übersetzung [hier](https://www.reddit.com/message/compose/?to=/r/translation_reddit) einreichen. Wir sind noch immer in der Beta-Phase und wir verfeinern und verbessern die Übersetzung ständig.
Just wait for it, someone will be requesting Klingon
Will it be European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, or both?
Here's a positively *ancient* language bug: "en-ca" translates the old.reddit.com settings page's "show post flair" checkbox as a second "show user flair". Since there are few (if any?) differences between en-ca and en-us, presumably that was a simple copy-paste error for a language that I'd be surprised if many people use in the first place, especially nowadays with so many users moved to the redesign and apps.
If nobody else has noticed, then it's probably not worth the time to fix, but I'm not going to pass up the first time in *years* that it's actually slightly relevant to point out. If nothing else, so that others are aware of it.
Imma fix this for ya 😁
I'm German, but I understand english just fine. I use it more in my daily life than german. [Insert people murdering me for a typo here]
I've been dealing with absolutly massacred 'translations' (i.e. worse than google translate) for a few weeks now. So please: can we still just stick to english if we want to? I don't need forced german where it translates 'cancel' to 'stornieren' instead of 'abbrechen'.
My UI has been randomly alternating between German and English lately, even though my chosen reddit language is English on a German phone.
"Refresh" becomes "Aktualisieren", but not for long. One refresh and refresh is called refresh again.
"Promoted" becomes "Promotet", then "Gesponsort". I'm still waiting for "promoviert" or "promotionalisiert".
It's funny but mildly irritating.
Thanks for reporting - can I ask what platform you're on? Currently are some strings in German but others are in English? Thanks for clarifying.
I use the Reddit app on Android 10 (MIUI)
Right now the UI is completely in English. I didn't keep track so I can't really say when the last time was when parts were German.
Edit: apparently scrolling down the feed for some time pulls up German UI items. Using the home button or other links restores English UI.
Can we have pirate speak? I feel that pirates are a seriously under-represented group on here.
For all that is holy and pure, this thing is bugged as hell. Sometimes the app is in the device language, Portuguese, others in my preferred language, English and back and forth until I close the app.
Now it got worse.
No matter what settings I choose, it changes from one thing to the next. I scroll through a post to with the app in English, next post it has changed to Portuguese. It's doing this at random.
Thanks for reporting - can I ask if you're using the iOS or Android app?
Hello. Android app.
Thanks for this. I really like that Reddit has a Latin language option, but the actual implementation seems pretty scuffed.
Are you planning to revisit? Definitely check out r/latin if you do, they (and I) would love to help out and improve it.
This is great -- more languages = more access for more people, which is always a good thing.
However, one (likely unintended) consequence of the UI traditionally being English-only is that the _vast_ majority of content on the platform is also written in English, enabling all users to communicate directly with one another by putting up a road block for people who don't understand English. Reddit is what it is in large part because of the globally interconnected nature of its community. As that community is now likely to grow among people who don't understand English, is there a plan for how to maintain some semblance of barrier-free communication across the entire user base?
Can you introduce a new video player???
Wait, hasn't reddit supported multiple languages for years? I know I've seen people ask for help changing the language back to English after switching accidentally.
That's nice, just make sure it will stay in the language I've selected. Several times it was reset to my phone language by itself
Thank you for adding this!!! This will help the international users! I love this! Thank you for everything you have done! ❤️❤️❤️
Merci Reddit !
An issue that I witnessed someone run into [two weeks ago](https://www.reddit.com/r/help/comments/nxba2e/display_language_of_messages_is_inconsistent_with/): The language they chose in the redesign does not tie into the language on the old design - so their inbox was in a language that they couldn't change (because the inbox is like a redesign skin on the old design inbox). Any idea on if those two could be linked so people on the redesign might not have to deal with that?
It better become available in Klingon or Quenya, or else what’s the point?
The initial rollout of this should really have focusing on adding a translate toggle on comments.
Once you see where and when people are using it, you have sample comments for testing the autodetection and can test whether it would work or not without a full rollout.
If you are hoping this will expand to new markets, this is not going to work. For one, subreddit names have already been reserved and already enforce with moderators who have a localized bias. This also means the subreddit names that could be localized, who have been snatched up in an environment where the international markets don't care. But there are subreddit names you can't localize, and I seriously doubt Reddit is about to get the common sense to begin allowing duplicate subreddit names with a separate unique identifier, even though that would be what you would expect where these indeed "communities" as opposed to keywords for subjects and memes of interest.
Will this eventually include the ability to filter out subreddits that aren't in the preferred language?
If you start auto-translating posts I'm out. I fucking hate that. I know English, and if I have English set I don't want Swedish translated to English either. I can speak both. It's goddamn annoying.
Instead or in addition to translation, could users, **and subreddits** , select multiple languages, as a way to find alternate language content?
I hear people on your team over there like to wear black. What are your personal thoughts on supporting the pirate language??
Please make a european-only version that filters out all US-related posts about politics and pickup trucks
I went to check it out, and the text have the same colour as the text background
holy shit. the video player is fackin trash
New languages? Who made them!
I have a question about the other option described [here](https://reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360062429491).
>Your country setting is nonpublic account information that Reddit
will use to provide you with a customized experience based on your
location. **It may also affect the content we are able to display.**
What is the deal with that? Is Reddit going to serve region locked material now? I hate it on VODs and the like.
CHANGE THE PLAYER ON IOS APP GODDAMN, EITHER I CANT SEE THE VID I CLICKED ON, OR I CANT GO ON IN MY FEED, INSTEAD I GET DRAGGED TO RANDOM VIDEOS OF SUBS IM NOT FOLOWING.
IS THIS TIKTOK? So many bugs, so less care.
This is awesome. As a portuguese, thank you for also supporting european portuguese, few are the websites that have both variants.
Why not? We used to offer the Reddit UI in 30+ languages, all of it crowdsourced. Why not keep doing that?
Android App here too, running it on 2 different devices and on both the same problem: I set the language to english, but after a while the app just switches to device language. In the settings it's still set to english. Restarting the app changes it back to english, but after a while I'm back to device language...
So you're saying we won't be able to pull [these kind of pranks again?](https://amp.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/cq1q2/help_reddit_turned_spanish_and_i_cannot_undo_it/)
As long as communities use english because on lingua franca, this is not such a change
Los upvotes en español se llamarán arrivotos y los downvotes se llamarán abajovotos?
But reddit is already translated to many different languages, just use old.reddit!
Español Mexico? You guys know that Latin America is more than just mexico right?
Please do translation to Indian languages as well especially Kannada.
Nice, that's new. But it still needs improvements though. Great job!
Great to see this. Waiting till medium/small size languages open up 👌.
..THE ADMIN OF REDDIT IS USING LIGHT MODE LIKE A HECKIN NOOB!
It terrifies me to see that the Reddit admins use light mode
Im just trying to imagine Reddit in full mandarin or Arabic UI lol
Plans for Korean or Japanese?
Sprich Deutsch du Hurensohn
Still no Klingon though.
Light mode alert!
So I realize this is just the app content and not user generated content but are there plans to start translating comments and posts? And if you do that what protections will there be from mods or admins issuing bans for violating content where that violation is due to the translation (e.g. a word in English that is normal English speech turns into a slur or insult in another language).
This is a *fantastic* step AS LONG AS:
1) You use exclusively professional human translators and not crowdsourced or :shudder: machine translation, and
2) You *never, ever* go the Google way and start automatically translating user content.
Great. When are you going to cap the number of subreddits a user can moderate and put an end to the misinformation cartel that is controlling the discourse on reddit?
Um so what has actually changed? There have been options to change your language since I joined this site.
Off-topic, but can we please have a functioning video player?
The current one SUCKS
Does this fix the name for r/all to r/some?
When will you guys stop supporting Communist China and interfering in elections across the world?
Speaking of languages, you know what would be great? If you stopped censoring words that are perfectly innocuous in some languages because americans think they're bad.
What took you so long? Seems like a logical decision and even more taking into account how old reddit is.
can't see where I asked
Is that why you spammed me with DMs the last couple weeks to follow new subreddits and being a "founding member". Ugh. Just fix your video player and leave me alone.
Will /r/all still be everything? That’s kind Reddit’s thing. I don’t mind if I can’t read or understand it.
You have to bring reddit to more people around the world because you're losing your existing followers left and right, mostly because this place is a cesspool but also because anybody who mentions anything the least bit critical gets a Perma ban. Oh, and fuck Tencent & the CCP while I'm at it.
Please just let me handle my reddit in English. I dont have any interest in a German version. I am here to learn more English. And the German stuff is not funny at all. Not interested.
What about Mandarin for your Chinese overlords?
It seriously took you clowns 16 years to add different interface languages?
Can you do something useful?