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peter seger
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13.06.2018 10:36  

The objective stated in description of the site is to create a bridge between Western and Russian citizen journalism. But English and Russian versions of the site are separate from each other. At least in comments. The Russian-speaking visitors and the Western-speaking live separate lives. Can it actually be called communication? Is it supposed to continue creating any bridge between the two poles?


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sejanus
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13.06.2018 15:12  

To communicate people must have a unified means of communication, i.e. language. Considering that too few people from the West speak Russian, and at the same time English is a requirement in almost all Russian schools, I think the Russians have to join the discussion on the English version of speculum.club. Simple as that.

And as to the English and Russian versions being separate from each other... Well, aren't they supposed to be? I mean, why dividing the website into categories by language and after that expect them to integrate? Where's the logic here?


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mnemon
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14.06.2018 10:25  
Posted by: sejanus

To communicate people must have a unified means of communication, i.e. language. Considering that too few people from the West speak Russian, and at the same time English is a requirement in almost all Russian schools, I think the Russians have to join the discussion on the English version of speculum.club. Simple as that.

And as to the English and Russian versions being separate from each other... Well, aren't they supposed to be? I mean, why dividing the website into categories by language and after that expect them to integrate? Where's the logic here?

Your 'simple' approach supposes that administration may order Russian speaking users to post in the English section! They post where they think it is suitable just like, undoubtedly, you.
Bilingual version was developed to cover the bigger audience and give it an opportunity to express thoughts via blogs. Indeed, almost every Russian understands English but a few can share their thoughts in English through informative texts.
But the site’s objective is not completed if both Russian and English parts exist separately. Though, I understood your idea to post this topic on the Russian forum so we could learn more about what people from both sides think about that.


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mnemon
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19.06.2018 12:46  

Editorial staff should consider two possibilities:

1. Following the results of articles discussion prepare a review of the most interesting comments from both versions of the site. Also it would be nice to add comments on the similar topics from other multilingual resources, but only if it has to add something new to the review.

2. Create one or a few sections that will be available only in one language but also will be potentially interesting for users of different languages. I think all proposals will be at least reviewed. J


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