Church News: President Nelson delivers historic message to Dominican Latter-day Saints in Spanish

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 6:18 a.m.

    This is confusing. The article seems to state that the whole talk was in Spanish, yet comments seem to hint that dubbing was used. I prefer to believe the talk was in Spanish entirely and do not wonder that it was appreciated. It is always a great compliment when you take that effort, though I believe English with subtitles might be preferable to really bad Spanish. I think President Nelson's Spanish was probably good Spanish or acceptably so.

    I don't think it would work for a whole conference though. Good English with good subtitles is better than bad Spanish and a majority of our GA's would probably speak very poorly in any other language than English. Not everyone has the gift of tongues; most don't seem to have. Maybe the Spanish speakers could speak in their own tongue and have subtitles. Not my decision though.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Sept. 3, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    >>I venture 90% of watchers are English speakers. I heard the dubbing was unpleasant.

    As a bilingual speaker, I can say that dubbing is always unpleasant. Hearing two languages spoken not quite in sync gives me a headache. I've always thought that a better answer would be to let the person speak in whatever language they prefer and then display subtitles in the language of the viewer's choice.

    Of course, the talks would have to be submitted a couple of weeks in advance and the speakers couldn't add anything or ad lib because the subtitles wouldn't capture it.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 3, 2018 3:50 p.m.


    They did this (or had people speak in their native language) and it was a mess.

    I venture 90% of watchers are English speakers. I heard the dubbing was unpleasant.

    Sept. 3, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    I look forward to the day when an entire session of General Conference is done in the languages spoken by more than half the membership. This would show real dedication by church leaders to the needs of those who do not speak english.

    Imagine the goodwill it would bring it it was announced that a special Friday night session - every April - was done entirely in Spanish, Portuguese or any other languages. What a night.