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Instructables in Chinese, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish!

Here's some exciting news. Instructables is now available in five new languages!: Chinese, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish!

These aren't linked anywhere from the English version of the site, and there are errors and bugs, but we're ready for you to start checking it out and helping us make it better.

Currently, you can only author Instructables in languages other than English (or at least marked as Spanish, Portuguese, etc..) from the iOS mobile app and the new editor. The Android app will follow soon and the new editor will shortly become the default editor.

For those of you who are multi-lingual, would you please translate your existing Instructables, and share it with your friends who don't speak English?

Instructables' mission of helping you share what you make and find inspiration from others is clearly not limited by language. I'm proud that we're now more inclusive.

Let us know what you think, and please report bugs in the bugs forum category.

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iGreeny2 years ago
Maybe you can add a switch button in instructable page, just like choosing youtube subtitle language. So when I start a new instructable, can write in both Chinese and English myself, people can choose which language to read.
urill2 years ago
On the Chinese version some UI elements seem to be machine translated.
randomray2 years ago
This is great ,but can I get access to the other languages too? I'll just use a translator if I have to. I would hate to miss out on the cool stuff people who don't speak english post.
desbromilow2 years ago
will the comments section be able to handle the differing languages? If I author something and it is translated away from English, and a german/ spanish speaker replies - what will help me understand his/her comments?
ewilhelm (author)  desbromilow2 years ago
For the time being, you'll have to use something Google Translate to understand comments in a different language. We're investigating making this easy (through one click or automatically based on your preferred language. I know this isn't ideal, but we have to start somewhere!
"I'm proud that we're now more inclusive." So am I. This is one of the most exciting things we have done. Terribly important. I very much hope that, at the same time, folks translate Instructables from other languages to English. What we all can learn is immeasurable. This is one of the best positive things I have heard in a long time. Thank you.  You have made my day.  (week?)  (year)?  : )
asbolenfi2 years ago
Please add Italian!
Yes please! Instructables would become much more popular in Italy if the site was in Italian too...many people don't know English so they don't publish their projects here. I bet there are many more people who would do that in Italian though.
myrrhmaid2 years ago
I noticed one of my instrucables in my drafts was translated into 5 different languages. I went ahead and published them. Only one of the languages gave an error message. This is a great!
ewilhelm (author)  myrrhmaid2 years ago
More like this is coming! We'll let you know ahead of time, though. Sorry about not doing so this round, we have lots of moving parts and are still figuring out our processes.
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