Add support for languages other than English

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I surely CAN speak English, since I've spoken it since I was 3 years old. But I'm Italian and you are a global site, not an US only. You're followed by every movie lover in the world! I am VERY disappointed by IMDb. That's not racist, that's just lazyness! You could easily afford a translator or an interpreter, to translate Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish (or else) reviews. Or just find someone who speak other languages to check if it's alright, then let it be published!
So, try to evolve and not keep living in a fake isolationism as you Americans use and used to.
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Where do you want to read things in other languages? The whole site? Reviews? Titles?

I think it's fine being in English. I would never demand anything to be all Swedish.
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I support this reaction 200%. To go along, I have never understood why IMDb got rid of its web interfaces in German, Italian and French (and Spanish?) a few years back. Especially when the apps are localized!

Translation is now so easy to get on/from the web with fairly good results (e.g. deepl.com, my favorite), it could easily be integrated in the site and propose translation as Microsoft support pages does, with a warning that it is an automated translation.

And it would have to work both ways, i.e. if I enter a synopsis in French, it could be delivered in English.


I hate when IMDb is only considered as a promotion tool for the Californian visual industry, when it has all the resources to be the universal database it was originally designed to be at Cardiff University some time back...
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So it's a "Google Translate" thing you are after? I'm just interested
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Jeorj Euler

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Like many things available through the Web, Google Translate is a work in progress, and it does not get right the translations among the least compatible of languages. The problem is that the algorithms do not quite yet assess context of a given document or dialog.
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I find that translations like that work surprisingly well from English to my language, but when it comes to other big languages like German, French, Japanese it turns into mush
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Jeorj Euler

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I kind of agree, but I wonder how many translators would you expect to be hired to translate such a gigantic growing website in the span of, say, four years and then by the update thereafter?
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Only in English???
I surely CAN speak English...
You could easily afford a translator or an interpreter,
to translate Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish (or else) reviews...
by Carlo Andrea Cirese
Joined on February 28, 2018
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I kind of agree, but I wonder how many translators
would you expect to be hired to translate such a gigantic growing website
by Jeorj Euler
Joined on July 25, 2017
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_Needham
Colin Needham (born 26 January 1967)
is an English entrepreneur who is best known as the founder and CEO of IMDb.
Needham  lives in Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire England


IMDb now has about
8,083,000 Titles
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt8083000/

9,667,800 Names
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9667800/

with all the associated pages for the above
this would take alot of people and time and .... computer space
to add many languages
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers
English
First language : 400 million
Second language: 660 million
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Pulp Fiction  (1994)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/reference
Samuel L. Jackson   ...  Jules Winnfield 
Frank Whaley   ...  Brett 

Jules: What does Marsellus Wallace look like?
Brett: What?
Jules: What country are you from?
Brett: What? What? Wh - ?
Jules: "What" ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in What?
Brett: What?
Jules: English, motherfucker, do you speak it?
Brett: Yes! Yes!
Jules: Then you know what I'm sayin'!



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@Jeorj, a great deal can be done automatically, with a satisfactory result (synopsis, trivias, bios, etc.)
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That was sort of my point too (although no one acknowledged my input).
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Indeed a great deal could be done using algorithms tethered to vocabulary databases, phonetic databases, glyph databases and grammar databases, but those algorithms have yet to be perfected, and I'm not sure who would or would not be able to quantify the notion of "great deal" into a percentage. For that, it is important to understand that some languages translate to and from English more easily than others. A related matter is that sometimes it is best for entire paragraphs to created from scratch to convey specific very ideas. Consider how movies themselves are exported and imported around the world, how subtitles and dubbing are often carefully crafted by flesh-and-blood translators, with varieties of versions of the same movie-story popping up.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add support for languages other than English.

Why can not I use this site on another language? I'm not good at English, so I don't understand the text. I need the Turkish language option of the site. Please help in this matter. It's important for me...