>Could I suggest that, as a matter of
>courtesy, (as opposed to law) responses to posts be in the language of the
>which they respond. In that way a discussion begun in any language will be
>continued and completed in that language. Then no one following a thread
>left in the dark on some important point.
Let me suggest an alternative: perhaps the first person who is competent to
translate a foreign-language post relatively quickly could do so, making it
easier for those who do not speak a particular language.
For that matter, when people who are not native speakers of Latin, Hebrew,
or Aramaic post quotes in those languages, it would be useful if they also
posted a translation for those like me who do not read these languages.
Reading knowledge of a language and writing knowledge are two different
things, particularly for people who are embarrased when they make
grammatical mistakes in public forums. Daniel, who has posted in Spanish a
few times, obviously reads English quite well (as well as German, Latin, and
Greek, to judge by his posts), but prefers to write in Spanish. He has
really good things to say, so it would be very useful if someone would
translate his posts, but why make him write in a foreign language? Most of
us are much more articulate in our native languages.
>By the way, I don't know anyone who knows Spanish. Would it be out of line
>if someone would translate the post in question into English and post it to the
>list? If Spanish is going to become a prerequisite for this list I'm
>in the cold.
It would be great to have any or all of Daniel's posts translated, since he
says some really good things. I'm not certain that I understand every
sentence completely, so I'm not the guy to do it (I never learned Spanish,
but it is close enough to my bad French that I can sort of decipher it with
difficulty). By the way, allowing people to post in their native language is
not the same as making that language a prerequisite for the list.
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