Language Selection

In order to sign up for a Grammar Captive account a user must enter his native tongue.  In his confirmation email is included this language.  When he confirms this information is sent to the database, and the user receives a copy of Seven Gates in his preferred language automatically.  Whereupon he can choose to subscribe, if he has not already, or even unsubscribe, if he changes his mind.

An introductory letter in your native tongue is likely to be more easily digested and encourage subscription or discourage unsubscription.  Once received, advanced users can select the English version with a simple click, if they so prefer.

The multilingual nature of Grammar Captive is an important selling point of the site, and now users will be able to select newsletters in the language of their choice.  This is the newest addition to the Grammar Captive mainpage.

At present there is only one alternative language — namely, Japanese;  this said, the technology is now in place for many more.

When you land on the page look for the word Archives under the heading Regular Updates / Weekly Newsletter in the navigation bar, or alternatively, perform a search in Japanese or English under the heading Search Grammar Captive.

Nearly a week has been lost due to a failed system upgrade, but we are nearly back on track.  Certainly the fundamentals for a mass mailing in multiple languages is now in place, and the long promised counter that replaces Google Analytics has already been installed.  What remains is coordinating the data bases for the mass mailing  and choosing what to count for Grammar Captive’s substitute for Google Analytics — namely, Matomo.


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