This topic has been touched on in a couple of other threads, but I think it deserves its own. It applies to both the iNatualist site and the forum, so I am not sure how to categorize it. I have been using google translate to read comments in different languages, and I enjoy being able to see the different written languages as well as seeing the translations. I worry about mistranslations and misunderstandings, though.
I would love to show respect for languages other than the only language I am fluent in (English) by responding to someone’s comment in the language in which it was written. There is only one other language (Spanish) that I have so far attempted to do that in, via google translate, and a couple of times I have changed the wording before sending because I did not like the translation. For responses to comments in other languages, I am too concerned about not really knowing whether the translation is right to do anything other than respond in English, and then I just hope that that doesn’t seem disrespectful. I have thought of responding in both languages, but I’m not sure that is the best way, either.
I think it’s great to be in a global community, and all the different languages make that seem so much more real. I am interested in hearing what others think are the best ways to engage in multilingual conversations, considering that the translation tools are not perfect.