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FB status updates in different languages-who is the audience?

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Adelaide:
I have several friends who are bilingual, and their families/friends from home are fluent in the language they know besides English. Most of the time these bilingual friends will post status updates in English, but sometimes they will switch to their native language. Usually they don't post in their native tongue unless the update is very happy or very sad. The only people who comment on their updates then are the friends and family from back home who speak the language, and the comments are usually in both languages.

My question is this: are they intentionally trying to target a set group of people and excluding another when they post in another language? In cases where I also speak that language/some of it and I see that they're sad/happy about something, would it be odd or intrusive if I commented on the status?

kckgirl:
I believe you can use whatever language you choose on your Facebook, and it would not be odd if you comment on your friend's post in the language used in the original or in your primary language. The audience is whoever reads the friend's posts.

NyaChan:
If  you can read it, you can comment - this includes getting the statement translated in order to read it.  If you put something out there where a person can access it and allow them to comment, they are free to do so, just like they could have made the comment only visible to certain people.

Cosmasia:
The audience is whoever understands it, either by talent or by a translator.
It's really not about excluding anyone in particular as much as it's just that there are more than one language in the world and sometimes you want to use another one.

I speak a couple of languages personally. I tend to post mostly in my native language and sometimes in English and two other languages.
I have friends from various countries too.

I don't deliberately exclude people by choosing one language over the other, it really isn't about them, it's about me. I don't want to rewrite all my posts with 3-4 different languages and I'm not gonna stick to just one language all the time.

It's completely fine to comment if you happen to understand it or have translated it :) if I want something to be private, I don't make it my status.  :P

MariaE:

--- Quote from: NyaChan on November 11, 2012, 07:33:01 PM ---If  you can read it, you can comment - this includes getting the statement translated in order to read it.  If you put something out there where a person can access it and allow them to comment, they are free to do so, just like they could have made the comment only visible to certain people.

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Agreed. Most of my FB status updates are in English, but occasionally I'll post one in Danish. This might be because I think it's only interesting for Danes, because I thought of a phrasing that sounds better in Danish than in English, or a myriad of other reasons. It always tickles me (in a good way!) when people whom I know don't speak Danish comment on them -- extra points if they've put their reply through a translator as well, so they reply in Danish :)

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