How Can We Get More Non-English Speakers Contributing to WordPress?

2 thoughts on “How Can We Get More Non-English Speakers Contributing to WordPress?

  1. I also recently had a GitHub interaction that sparked some of these thoughts: https://github.com/eventespresso/event-espresso-core/issues/377#issuecomment-401879948
    I got the impression @webpetal was accustomed to getting brushed off because their slightly-less-than-fluent English. I think I may have been guilty of that before, subconsciously thinking that if someone doesn’t speak English well, they also don’t know anything about programming. Looking at it now, it seems clear those two attributes are independent.

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  2. While watching a presentation by Jenny Beaumont, see https://wordpress.tv/2017/05/17/jenny-beaumont-zen-et-lart-de-la-contribution/, I learned many French-speaking WordPress users are reluctant to contribute because it all happens in English.
    Jenny pointed out, though, that
    1. Most French speakers have had at least some education in English,
    2. You don’t need to be a great English speaker, you just need to be able to get your message across (although I do think that being tactful requires a pretty good knowledge of English)
    3. Many other contributors don’t speak English fluently either anyway

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