Social media across languages

Hola from the anti-social media

I realized over the past week that a significant portion of my traffic comes from people that speak Spanish, German, and Dutch and various other languages I don’t speak, read or write. Thankfully, American mass media has helped make English the lingua franca.

Wie wunderbar!

Still, I wonder what awful form of English they learn from this website. Like more people need to learn how to curse in English on social media.


I’m glad to see the exposure around the world, but I wish I could communicate better with these audiences. I went to school for music, so I learned enough German, French, Spanish and Italian to be dangerous to myself. Otherwise, I rely on Google Translate to see what people are saying.

Like that’s much help though.

Do you have issues communicating with your global audience? Or do you not care to try and reach out to them in their native language? Let me know in the comments.

9 Responses to Social media across languages

  1. Claire Wagner March 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I have enjoyed following a few German speakers. This and singing Baroque music is about all the practice I’ve gotten since college. Even in Germany several times, it wasn’t worth trying to actually communicate with modern Germans. Google Translate is pretty bad but I also use

    • Jay March 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      I’m just never going to try to say anything besides “Hello,” “Thank you,” and “Stay off my lawn!”

      • Claire Wagner March 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

        Yes, if you know “Verboten,” you will avoid a lot of hassles in Germany, especially where their grass is concerned.

        • Jay March 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

          I also know “Ein Bier.” :-D

          • Claire Wagner March 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

            Somehow, I knew that. But don’t forget to say, “Bitte.”

  2. esther March 23, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    I read you from Spain and I havent studied English for over 10 years, I only learn English now from HBO series and so on, so dont worry about the cursing, I got it covered!

    • Jay March 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank goodness for HBO! :-D

  3. Ana March 31, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    I’m from Spain but in fact I’m bilingual, because the region where I’m living, we speak another language.
    I speak english and I’m able to speaking and reading Italian as well. I think that allways is interesting learn as many languages as possible.

    • Jay March 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      Awesome! I live learning languages too. I just wish I was better at them.