Product

A new Arabic language setting, from غرّد to غرّدي

 

People across the world come to Twitter to discuss what’s happening, and we want our service to better reflect the many voices that shape the conversation. In some languages, such as Arabic, words can be feminine or masculine, but we’ve missed a way for people to tell us how they want to be addressed. So today, we're introducing a new language setting that acknowledges and better supports the Arabic feminine form.

People who select this setting will be addressed in the feminine form. For example, “Tweet” will be غرّدي (which addresses women) rather than the default Arabic today, which is غرّد (addressing men). Also, “Explore” will be إستكشفي rather than إستكشف. 

Here’s how to use it:

    Log in to Twitter.com, go to “Settings and privacy,” then “Accessibility, display, and languages.” Next, select “Languages” and go to “Display language”.

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Select “Arabic (feminine)” from the “Display language” drop down menu. The display language on Twitter.com will then address you in the feminine form.

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Together with the update, we’re launching a campaign titled #FeminineArabic أتحدث_بالمؤنث# to share our approach and partner with others to do so. We created an emoji that gets unlocked with the following English and Arabic hashtags: #FeminineArabic and أتحدث_بالمؤنث#

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Join the conversation to see how a number of organizations, brands, and personalities are supporting the campaign so far.

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We’re adding this language support to Twitter.com and working to bring it to Twitter for iOS and Android as well. We’re committed to using inclusive language at Twitter, regardless if it's written down, shown on our site and apps, or embedded in our code. We know there’s more work to be done for our service to reflect the variety of voices around the world, and we’ll continue to share what we learn and how we update Twitter based on your feedback.

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Carla El Maalouli

‎@CMaalouli‎

Head of Business Marketing MENA

@fabsma

Fabien Ho Ching Ma

‎@fabsma‎

Software Engineer