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Linguistically egalitarian? Lost in translation.

Can you make the site a little more language friendly for non-English? I will explain...

When I use the site in English, the list of options to view are in alphabetical order. When I switch to Spanish, they are in the same order as English (as far as I can tell), but completely NOT in alphabetical order. It is a bit confusing. I can't imagine that it would be that difficult to shuffle the order based on the language. I can't imagine that this is too much more processing than simply translating all the words. Of course, you would have to populate the list from an array, and depending on the language, re-sort the order of that array alphabetically for each language.

I want to send my students here to make comparisons. This seems like an incredible source of cultural comparison as per the teaching standards of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL.) My students will be using Spanish in this case. They will experience the list of options in a very confusing and frustrating way.

The irony here is that a site about world similarities and equalities by income has vestiges of anglocentric privilege. If you use the site in English, it makes more sense than if you use it in Spanish. I love this site, but wondered if you could make the site more linguistically egalitarian.

Also, I noticed that some pictures of "roof" are actually ceilings. In Spanish, "techo" can refer to either. When translated into English, some photos get confused in translation.

Thanks for all you do. Incredibly interesting site!!!!
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  • Hi Josh,

    Thank you very much for your detailed feedback! What you suggest makes a lot of sense! You are the first person to suggest this, so indeed we hadn't realised it was a different user experience using the translated version. We focus so much in creating more translations and in improving the ones we have that we didn't notice this basic user-navigation issue. Thank you, we'll take care of it.

    We're in the middle of an important period here, with a close deadline for the coming months. But as soon as we're done with this features, we'll get into this alphabetical re-ordering of the words in different translations.

    Thanks also for letting us know about the ceiling/roof. We'll look into it!

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Fernanda Drumond
    Head of Dollar Street Content
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