Testing in Non-English Languages

At a Glance

To drive greater business growth, you may be interested in creating digital experiences in non-English languages for either US-based or international audiences. Here are some tips for securing feedback on your non-English web and content experiences, using either the UserTesting Contributor Network or your own contributors.

 

Overview

The UserTesting Platform is available for testing customer experiences in English, German, and French. You can request that contributors speak in Spanish via the language filter, but the UserTesting experience won't be available in Spanish and features like transcripts won't be translated.

Our entire contributor network can also apply, take a test, and view their dashboard entirely in English, German, or French. While contributors may be fluent in more than one language, we only guarantee that all contributors speak and understand either English, German, or French. Below are some tips for testing in non-English languages. 

 

Use Filters, Other Requirements, or Screeners to Identify Contributors

Target Countries According to Your Needs

Tips for Setting Up Your Study

Contributor Experience

 

Use Filters, Other Requirements, or Screeners to Identify Contributors

If you are sharing your study with the UserTesting Contributor Network, you should create screener questions or indicate language requirements at the start of the study.

  • Use a filter to indicate which language your contributors should speak during the test. This is applicable to tests written in Spanish, French, or German. Only contributors who have indicated they speak this language will receive an invitation to take this test. If you'd like contributors to read the test in one language but speak in a different language, please add it as an Other requirement. Note: Keep in mind that the language default is English unless otherwise instructed.

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  • Include language requirements in Other requirements. Keep in mind that some of our contributors speak multiple languages and may have their browser or device settings in English. If you want them to change their language settings to German, add instructions telling them to do so in the Other requirements section under Filters.

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  • Use screeners to locate specific language speakers. To identify non-English language speakers within the UserTesting Contributor Network, create appropriate screener questions.

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Target Countries According to Your Needs

You should select the Countries test filter according to what you seek to accomplish. If your plan allows, you also have access to the Additional Country Filters.

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  • If your focus is getting fast feedback on a non-English experience, you should consider targeting a larger geographical area, or keeping your study geography-agnostic (by keeping the default "Any"). That way, any speaker of your target language, wherever they are located, will be able to participate in your test.
  • If you specifically want feedback from non-English speakers residing in a particular country or countries, select accordingly. You may choose to target specific countries for several reasons, including getting feedback from a native language speaker or understanding geographic-based nuances in how content and experiences are perceived. 

Note: Testing in China comes with additional challenges. Please reference this resource doc for more information.

Tips for Setting Up Your Study 

As you set up your unmoderated study, these are the places where you will want to think through the language experience related to your goals and the resources on your team. 

  1. The web/content experience itself. If you want to display content in a non-English language (such as a webpage, video, or prototype) to secure feedback on that experience, ensure that the contributor can see the non-English content. Double-check that your content's language setting or IP address doesn't block them. 
  2. The written tasks and questions. Be sure to write your tasks and questions in the same language you want your contributor to speak. The tasks and questions will be displayed exactly as you write them; they will not be translated or localized when shown to contributors. Currently, the Platform does not support tasks in languages written right to left, such as Arabic or Hebrew.
  3. The contributors' responses. Select the language you want contributors to answer in by using the Language requirement filter. If you'd like them to read the test in one language but speak a different language, you can specify this in the Other requirements filter.Screen_Shot_2021-10-04_at_11.59.30_AM.png

If you are looking to conduct a live interview with non-English speaking contributors (using Live Conversation), most of the above rules apply. You can still target countries and write screener questions in the language of your choosing to pinpoint the specific audiences and personas you are seeking. You will conduct the live interview in the language of your choosing, and you can instruct the contributor to respond in whichever language most benefits your needs.

Contributor Experience

The table below provides a summary of country filters, additional country filters, spoken languages, screen recorder languages, and transcript languages available to test contributors on either the UserTesting Contributor Network, Custom Network, or Invite Network.

  Country filters Additional country filters Spoken language Screen recorder* Transcript language**
UserTesting Contributor Network

Australia

Canada

India

UK

USA

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE

English

French

German

Spanish

Brazilian Portuguese

Chinese (simplified)

English

French

German

Japanese

Spanish

English

German

French

Invite Network***/

Custom Network

Bring your own contributors Bring your own contributors Bring your own contributors

Brazilian Portuguese

Chinese (simplified)

English

French

German

Japanese

Spanish

English

German

French

* If the contributor's settings are one of the listed languages, the language will translate. Otherwise, the default is English. This is for all unmoderated tests with the exception of iOS devices using Custom Network or UserTesting Contributor Network contributors. 

** Because Live Conversation uses Zoom, transcripts depend on the language settings the contributor has in Zoom. Zoom supports the languages UserTesting supports.

*** Invite Network test landing page and instructions will also translate as long as the contributor device settings are one of the listed languages.

 

UserTesting Contributor Network and Custom Network

Contributors will experience the UserTesting contributor dashboard either in English or German, according to their web browser settings. For instance, if their web browser language is set to German, they will experience the Platform in German. If their web browser is set to English or any other language, then they will experience the Platform in English.

The buttons and messages in UserTesting recorders are available in more languages. If the contributor's device setting is one of the languages below, the text in the recorder will translate into the following languages:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Otherwise, the default is English. This is for most unmoderated tests except for iOS devices using contributors from Custom Network or the UserTesting Contributor Network.

Invite Network

How do I set up an Invite Network test to be completed in a Non-English language? 

The process is automatic and is based on your contributors’ device settings. The Invite Network test landing page and instructions will translate as long as the contributor device setting is one of the listed languages.

In addition, the language of UserTesting recorders (i.e., language of buttons and messages) will also translate into the following languages:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

How do I change my language settings or advise contributors to change their settings? 

Perform these steps, or share them with your contributors.

For Chrome browsers, there are two ways to change your settings:

Locale switching plugin

  1. Add the Locale Switcher extension from the Chrome store.
  2. Click on the Extensions puzzle icon next to the URL bar.
  3. Open the locale extension and select the desired language from the dropdown menu.

Changing the language via your browser settings

  1. Go to your Chrome browser settings menu.
  2. Search for Languages.

Click Language > Add Language.

If the browser language settings are not set to a non-English language the default language for the test will be English. This also includes tests on mobile devices.

There are also tech assistance options you can provide to Invite Network contributors. Direct your contributors to contact Support via this form. In the form, provide the following information:

  • Language spoken by the contributor
  • Study name/number
  • Workspace name where the study is located (only include if you, the customer, submit the form)
  • The contributor's email address
  • An explanation of the issue providing as much information as possible
  • Screenshots of the issue or error messaging the user received (if available)

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