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Vote here! [no downvotes please. Only upvotes count] $$\Huge{\mathrm{No.}}$$


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Reading French for a native English speaker is not particularly easy if they haven't had any experience in it, but it is much easier than for someone whose native language is Japanese. However, in algebraic geometry, EGA is a very canonical reference. Furthermore, there are many other influential French-speaking algebraic geometers, such as Serre and ...


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In my opinion the main issue here is not the language. The possibility of asking in other languages than English was discussed before and several older discussions are linked in the comments. I will not repeat here what was said there. What I see as the main problem is that you want to create private community on this site. This would probably mean that ...


17

Yes. Write your post in your preferred language, and include a disclaimer (preferably in English) that asks for a translation. You can link to this post so that people know this practice is something we encourage.


13

I’ve now been sent a translation, by someone who prefers to remain anonymous, and have added it to the answer. My thanks to the translator.


11

I would say yes on the basis that this sort of question is helpful to future readers who are trying to interpret the odd untranslated foreign-language mathematical text. Good answers to these types of questions might help you fill in the blanks for what your foreign-language-speaking friend or Google Translate could not illuminate.


9

We already have translation-request, which I recall to have been mentioned as a potential tag for this sort of thing. Unfortunately, there is a large majority of people who will probably downvote any question posted in a foreign language (closure is not a problem, a question can be reopened once someone translates it). But there is a foreseeable difficulty ...


9

I don't know that you have to assume they know a language to list a very important text in the field that is in that language. More information is better. If someone is sufficiently motivated they will learn the language. I wouldn't want to assume someone is not motivated to that extent. Additionally, in the case of English speakers and French, enough ...


8

Vote here! [no downvotes please. Only upvotes count] $$\Huge{\mathrm{Yes.}}$$


7

While I think it is a really great idea to be open to a larger audience, I also hope we can minimize a deluge of unreadable questions. At the moment We don't get many of these, so it makes sense to handle them by case. It would be nice to expect some minimal amount of translation, if they want it to be seen by English speakers. Just piping it through ...


7

Area 51 is where new Stack Exchange sites can be proposed. That is how this site began. There are currently two proposals for Mathematics-in-another-language sites, one in Korean and one in Spanish. You could add another proposal or support these ones. I don't know if it will ever happen, but it will might if the proposals get enough support on Area 51....


7

If a question is in a foreign language and you can't figure out what it says, ask for a translation, but don't vote to close. I have more than once seen extremely rude comments directed at those who don't post in English, but I have never seen a good question or answer which was unreadable because it was in a different language. Why should we enact a rude ...


6

I'm not such an avid user of the site, but I must have read a few hundreds of questions, and I can't remember having seen a question any language but English. I think it's safe to assume that non-English posts are quite rare. If they're as rare as they seem to be, is it really so harmful to the site to let people post in other languages once in a while? It'...


6

I oppose this idea. IMHO the last thing we need is to open the floodgates to questions posted by high school students world wide, and this suggestion might make that easier. (IMVHO it would be better to shut the door to all high school level material - possibly with the exception of contest math - as they usually don't inspire answers of permanent value ...


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This is my solution. bfhaha.hostei.com/?p=5 Anyone can reply the question using Latex code. It use \( Latex Code \) instead of the dollar sign $. But it has no live preview (preview the equation) like Math Stack Exchange :( It is the most important part...


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I've noticed that some users post their questions in both their native Chinese language as well as attempt an English translation. I think that is the best option here, since not only can English readers try to read the question, the Chinese readers here can easily edit to improve the translation. Similarly for answers in Chinese. In history, language ...


5

As Gerry Myerson links to, posting questions in another language is not against site rules here, and the majority opinion (at the time that thread was opened) was to allow such questions. This is yet another way in which math.SE differs from the majority of the other SE sites. However, such questions should have an English translation appended to them, and ...


5

There is a tag, translation-request, intended specifically for this purpose. To make such questions more acceptable (and avoid closure), I recommend that you post only one exercise per post, and (as mentioned in the comments above) you should provide some motivation for why you would like these exercises translated.


3

If you post a few of the problems I would be willing to look at them.


3

It is near impossible to imagine circumstances in which the following is "to the best of the poster's ability." trig problem using limit This one is hella confusing srsly. Please help: lim x->pi/6 ( (| 1-2sinx |) / (4cos^2x-3) ) To be clear, I have seen worse posts, some of which actually may have been "to the best of the poster's ability....


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Some of other answers (and comments) seems to suggest that asking and answering questions in other languages is ok provided that also English translation is given. In the case of the answerer it is their choice whether their answer only in English or in both languages. But the asker's English is probably not good enough to make a post in English - otherwise ...


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I prefer the comments to be in English. Note that math.SE is not just about question getting answered, but helping other users who are browsing that question, looking for answers. While use of Persian in the comments might make your communication easier with the OP and clarify a great deal to the OP, there are users who don't know Persian reading that post, ...


1

In response to the OP's and @Zach466920's answers. I am glad to hear that the OP found a solution. I went to the OP's site. I found it's fine. It may not be perfect, but usable. There can be some improvements, though. In theory, you can do it in Chinese if Stack exchange sites can do it in English. Congratulations! Now to Zach. I am a native Chinese ...


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