You can now see one of my videos with a narration in German. Many of my videos already have subtitles in a range of languages, but in Germany people are not accustomed to reading subtitles. They are used to hearing their native language even when they are watching foreign films and documentaries. My German is quite good – I have lived in Germany and I use German almost on a daily basis with friends via the internet – but I never felt confident enough to translate my own work into German. That is why I was happy to take up the offer of Bas Bergervoet to translate my video in German. Bas is Dutch but he lives in Germany and he had narrated videos in German before. I am quite happy with his narration and after hearing it, I decided to keep his version instead of trying to do it myself. Bas has also written a post (in German) to go with this video.
I know a lot of Germans already follow my blog and can read and understand English quite well, but I think it is great that they and other people in Germany (and other countries where people speak German) can now take notice of what we are doing here, in their neighbouring country, the way they are used to, in their native language.
I don’t rule out the possibility that more videos will follow.
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