Which AIDSvideos.org Script Should I Translate First?Simple: you're a volunteer. It's completely your choice!
- The basics: doing a single good translation is better than doing zero perfect ones!
- Want to start with a short script?
- Want to do the most important scripts?
- Want to do several translations as efficiently as possible?
- Which scripts are most relevant to the
First, don't bite off a really huge piece and then give up in frustration. If you're unsure how easy or hard this will be, pick a short script, translate that one, and see how it goes. We'd much prefer to get a single finished translation of a short script than a half-finished translation of a longer script.
Second, don't feel like you have to translate them all. That would be a huge amount of work for any volunteer. Even a translation of a single script is a huge help. And translating one script doesn't obligate you to translate any other script. It's fine if you translate one, make that your contribution to HIV prevention education, and stop there!
Third, don't let perfectionism discourage you from doing a translation. Translation is an art, not a science. There is no such thing as a perfect translation. Obviously, we want to be careful to ensure that the scientific and medical facts about HIV/AIDS are translated correctly, but if your fluency in the target language is less than perfect (or if you've lived away from that culture for a long time), don't obsess about whether your usage is the most idiomatic or your choice of words is the most current. We generally try to get review feedback from a native speaker after a translation is complete, and the scripts are all posted on the Internet where others can review them and suggest improvements. We'd rather get a translation that is accurate and good than get nothing at all because a volunteer feared their work would be less than perfect.
Preventing Sexual Transmission of HIV (6 min 25 sec), HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) (4 min), and Preventing the Spread of HIV Through Injection Drug Use (3 min 36 sec), and Did I Just Contract HIV? Symptoms of Primary HIV Infection (4 min 49 sec). Any of these is a good one to start with if you feel intimidated by doing your first translation and want to start with a short one.
Brief Introduction to HIV and AIDS (8 minutes long) and Top Ten Myths About HIV/AIDS (9 minutes long) are arguably our two most important scripts:
- Brief Introduction to HIV
and AIDS summarizes the most vital eight minutes of information
about HIV/AIDS that we would like everyone to know. If we could get
everyone on earth to watch eight minutes of video, this would be it.
It's a condensed version of our longer video Introduction
to HIV and AIDS (v2.0), which is more comprehensive but also longer
(17 minutes). The reality is that on YouTube, shorter videos tend to
get more views. Therefore, although we'd prefer that people watch the
longer video, the viewing statistics clearly show that the shorter Brief Introduction to HIV and AIDS
is getting more views (17,800+ views for "Brief," vs. 14000+ for
"Intro," as of 4/08). Therefore it
actually does more good to translate the shorter script if you're
choosing one or the other. (Of course, if you translate the longer one,
you can translate the shorter one in no time by copy-and-paste!)
- Top Ten Myths About HIV/AIDS is our runaway hit on YouTube (95,000+ views as of 4/08). It debunks some common harmful myths about HIV/AIDS and seems to have hit a nerve in the online video community.
Because of the widespread use of crystal methamphetamine, Crystal Meth and HIV: The Connection (v2.0) is also emerging as a really important and widely-viewed video (16,700+ YouTube views as of 4/08).
Introduction to HIV and AIDS (v2.0) first. It is our longest and most-comprehensive general script. Brief Introduction to HIV and AIDS, Preventing Sexual Transmission of HIV, HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), and Preventing the Spread of HIV Through Injection Drug Use are all shorter, targeted derivatives of that longer script, so once you've translated Introduction to HIV and AIDS (v2.0), you can quickly translate the other four through copy-and-paste.
Preventing MTCT of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries, Wash Your Hands: Recommendations for Developing Countries, Preventing Waterborne Illnesses, the Major Cause of Death In Developing Countries, Beyond ABC: Newer Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS, and Ending Gender Inequality: A Key to Stopping HIV. (Note: as we state in the script, we are NOT suggesting that gender inequality is a problem that is exclusive to developing countries. However, much of the content of that script relates to the importance of this problem as a contributor to HIV transmission in developing nations.) Conversely, if you're translating into a language primarily spoken in developing countries, these scripts are higher priorities.