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There seems to be a semsitivity to using imperfect English in France/Germany that simply isn't a problem for English speakers.  We're not afraid to try our limited or mangled French/German and let the unfortunate recipient try to make sense of it.

So one solution is to make an explicit statement in the new user guide that perfect or even good English is not required.  We will try and make sense of what people are saying and respond empathetically.

The other solution is the Tribext- machine translation engine - its a good first cut approximation and usually fully understandable if not quite as nuanced as it could be.

A third solution is simply to encourage comments in other languages.  The problem here is that they may be very few e.g. German speakers on line at any point in time to carry on a conversation.

Even Timesonline's Charles' Bremner encourages comments in French - and that is an issue we have to address in the context of the development of the ET community in any case.

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