Gini Dietrich

Social Media In Spanish and English

By: Gini Dietrich | October 28, 2010 | 
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It’s the Arment Dietrich Facebook question of the week time…and I’m not sure I have an answer! I know. That NEVER happens! I was JUST telling Justin Brackett’s four year old that I know everything, too.  But Beatriz Mena proved me wrong.

She asks, “What do I do with my social media for both Spanish and English visitors?” My answer is in the video, as well as a little surprise visit at the end, but help Bea out. What do you think??

(If you can’t see the video in your RSS feed, click here and it’ll magically appear!)

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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laineyd7
laineyd7
5 years 6 months ago

Hi Gini! It will be interesting to see what people think about the Spanish/English translation issue. If it’s not already in the language of my choice, I’m not sure I would take the time to translate it. It would be great for the writer to be able to post in two columns, one in Spanish, the other in English. I’m not tech-savvy enough to know a quick way to get that done. People? What do you think?

Love your dog – he’s so cute!
Best,
Elaine

ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 6 months ago

The Arment Dietrich Facebook question of the week comes from @beamena http://bit.ly/bye55P

SEOcopy
SEOcopy
5 years 6 months ago

Cia Cara Gini… Simple use both. It’s who you are, and if people will stop following you because you speak Spansih, French, Italian, etc. Then it’s okay- Not everyone is going to like you and you will not connect with everyone. That’s the beauty of social media you have a huge pool to choose from. Personally I use three languages on all my feeds. If anything, it has added to my daily conversations and connections. I love the subtitle idea but stay away from the translations they suck… I mean they aren’t very good.

Jennifervides
Jennifervides
5 years 6 months ago
I’ll say for sure the “translate” button will not/does not work. In fact translation in general won’t work – it’s all about adaptation. Because the languages are so different, the context is often lost in direct translations. In terms of content… there are certain things that I say in Spanish because they “just sound better” that way. There are certain topics that “talk” to me more in Spanish than they do in English, and the other way around. Specific to the situation, I’d say that if Spanglish is working then stick with it. This is one of the biggest issues… Read more »
Juan_Arellano
5 years 6 months ago
Hi! I am aware this must be a problem for a lot of us. As part of a multilingual community as Global Voices is ( http://globalvoicesonline.org ) , we try to solve this with our very little efforts by translating interesting posts and opinions from bloggers all over the world. Not all of my friends comment on my spanish posts, some of them do it on my english-translated posts, but.. many of them “like” the musical latin videos I put on facebook. That makes me think 2 things, the universal power of music, and the need of, as Jennifervides says,… Read more »
ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 6 months ago

Video: Multi-lingual social media http://bit.ly/bye55P

shawnpoh (Shawn Poh)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @ginidietrich: Video: Multi-lingual social media http://bit.ly/bye55P

Miaenn (Miaenn)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @ginidietrich Video: Multi-lingual social media http://bit.ly/bye55P

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@Juan_Arellano Is it a lot of work to write in more than one language? Also, tell us more about Global Voices. How does it work and how can a blogger join?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@Jennifervides Do you watch Modern Family? Last night, Gloria said, “I spit in your face and blow wind at your back.” Huh? She said, “It sounds beautiful in Spanish.”

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@SEOcopy LOL! You can say translations suck because, after all, you ARE on Spin Sucks.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@laineyd7 Thanks! I love that stupid dog. More than a human being should love an animal!

Jennifervides
Jennifervides
5 years 6 months ago

@GiniDietrich LOL!!! No I don’t watch it but yes, exactly what I’m talking about. Similar to when my mother’s Texas accent comes out when she talks about horses. It’s all about context.

Jennifervides
Jennifervides
5 years 6 months ago

@GiniDietrich @SEOcopy Yes, Spin sucks, translations suck…

Juan_Arellano
5 years 6 months ago
@GiniDietrichIf you’re fluent in those languages I don’t think there will be a problem, but it can be a hard work keep posting in 2 languages, overall when u are already thinking in a new post, and they are looong posts Global Voices is based on volunteering, we are a community of volunteers authors and translators that collaborate in bringing to a broader audience what a blogger in Kenya, Thailand or Bolivia may be telling to his local net, but may also be of global interest. As u can see we emphasize on voices that are not ordinarily heard in… Read more »
Beamena (Beatriz Mena)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @ginidietrich: The Arment Dietrich Facebook question of the week comes from @beamena http://bit.ly/bye55P

thesmartpms
thesmartpms
5 years 6 months ago
As mention in other comments, the context may be a good point to consider. There are things that sound better in Spanish or English.People born in Latin American and living in the US may be more used to watching videos with sub-titles because foreign movies shown in their countries include subtitles. Sub-titles are not “literally translated” but adjusted to the country’s context.I am currently authoring and co-authoring articles about program/project management in both Spanish and English. The articles had capture an international audience and I am able to address topics of interest for both Spanish and English speaking audiences. I… Read more »
ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 6 months ago

Social media in two languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

juandoming (juandoming)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @Cyberjuan: RT: @ginidietrich: Social media in two languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

jennifervides (jennifervides)
5 years 6 months ago

Que dicen mis #latinos? RT @ginidietrich: Social media in two languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

LuzPlaza (Luz Plaza)
5 years 6 months ago

What say u my #latism & #smmucla friends? RT @ginidietrich: Social media in two languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

LouisPagan (Louis Pagan)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @LuzPlaza What say u #latism & #smmucla friends? @ginidietrich Socialmedia in 2 languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

ergeekgoddess (Elianne Ramos)
5 years 6 months ago

I think we MUST introduce @ginidietrich to #latism RT @LuzPlaza: RT @ginidietrich: Social media in 2 languages http://bit.ly/bye55P #latism

p_staatz (Peter Staatz)
5 years 6 months ago

RT @ergeekgoddess: I think we MUST introduce @ginidietrich to #latism RT @LuzPlaza: RT @ginidietrich: Social media in 2 languages http://bit.ly/bye55P #latism

ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 6 months ago

A question from @beamena creates great conversation! http://bit.ly/bye55P

Kimberly_Lucio (Kimberly Lucio)

Awesome question @beamena and great response! RT @ginidietrich A question from @beamena creates great conversation! http://bit.ly/bye55P

Beamena (Beatriz Mena)
5 years 6 months ago

Hey miren esto, interesante RT @ginidietrich: The Arment Dietrich Facebook question of the week comes from @beamena http://bit.ly/bye55P

mareacultural (augusto rubio acosta)

RT: @ginidietrich: Social media in two languages http://bit.ly/bye55P

Beamena (Beatriz Mena)
5 years 6 months ago

Le pregunté a @ginidietrich cómo hacer social media en Inglés y en Español aquí su video contestando a mi pregunta http://bit.ly/bye55P

Beamena (Beatriz Mena)
5 years 6 months ago

@jmgarciaperez Juanma mira esta pregunta q hice http://bit.ly/bye55P mira sobre todo los comentarios ella es la N°1 PR aqui

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@thesmartpms This is great dvice and a new blog for us to read, too. Thank you!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@thesmartpms Or advice. :)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 6 months ago

@Juan_Arellano What a great project Global Voices is – thanks for sharing it! I’ll be sure to have everyone check it out.

NicWirtz
NicWirtz
5 years 6 months ago
Consistency is key on any communication platform so first I’d ensure that whatever language someone communicates with you in, you reply in that language. If the tweet/Facebook post etc is interesting feel free to then translate that into one or more languages. I love projects such as Global Voices, automatic online translators can do a decent job of translation if the post stays in one tense. Once you start using different tenses and other grammatical tricks, they are stumped and you lose any sense you started with. As a general rule if it’s a good enough post to translate, don’t… Read more »
balemar
balemar
5 years 5 months ago
I have got to agree with @NicWirtz ! It means a lot more work on your part, but if you want a certain posts available for both parties then you should take the time to translate it. For just organization purposes, I’d divide your site into different languages. If you’re using WordPress, make special parent categories for each language then have your usual categories underneath. It’ll be easier for you AND your readers to keep track of. I would then display that option prominently on your site. As far as Facebook and Twitter are concerned, answering people in their respective… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 5 months ago

@balemar How did I gain so many friends name Beatriz?! You. @beamena. Alright. Just two of you. But still.

This is SUPER helpful, especially the part about having parent categories for each language. You’re so smart!

balemar
balemar
5 years 5 months ago

@GiniDietrich Just you wait until she and I meet up later this month! It’ll be Bea^2 time! :)

Glad I could help! It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time too!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 5 months ago

@balemar Whaaaaaat?! I wanna come!

AndresMontenegroT
AndresMontenegroT
5 years 5 months ago

well… we need translate english to spanish professional services for this situations…
i mean… something affordable…

PABRI
PABRI
5 years 4 months ago

Translators tools as the one that Google offers for FREE it is very accurate but not 100% effective, perhaps hiring a company that can translate may cost some money, I think a good way to understand a different languaje is just by learning. http//:www.spanishtoenglishtranslationgoogle.com

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