L10n Roast: Facebook App Russian locale

I am starting a series of articles about localization (l10n) and UX-writing with real-life examples. I’ll take an app or a website and show you where it could be better in terms of writing. I’ll start with Facebook for Android (version 09-2019) and it’s Russian locale. First, the good part. Generally speaking, the app has a very decent translation into Russian, considering the number of other supported languages (few dozens). Special thanks for the Language item in Settings: developers often force the app to use system language, but this is not always convenient. For example, the Russian Yandex.Maps persistently switch me to it’s localized English version because of my phone’s system settings, but it’s not very useful when you’re Russian in Russia. Most of the time, Facebook app works nice with endings of nouns (1 комментарий, 8 комментариев). Alas, there are things in the app that could be just somewhat …

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How to buy foreign currency in China

A popular question for many expats living in China. Rule recently was very much altered, and different banks give completely different information, so I decided to organize the knowledge and experience. Is it possible to buy dollars for a foreigner in China? The short answer is yes, it is possible. But there are many “but”s.

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Visa credit card in China for foreigners

If you live and work in China, you probably have a UnionPay debit card, with no name printed on it, and no overdraft available. It is usually used for a paycheck, and you probably have this card linked to your Alipay and WeChat. However, if you go abroad, UnionPay may not always be accepted. Same goes for foreign online services. Perhaps you asked a Chinese Bank about the Visa or Mastercard and were rejected. But don’t worry, you can actually get a Visa credit card, even without Chinese ID!

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