I guess I thought this always existed, but apparently not. YouTube has announced that they have launched local versions of their site in nine different countries (Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom). The point is to offer content in the native languages of these countries. Maybe I am behind the times, but don’t they speak English in the U.K.?
Just kidding – they also want to offer content that more accurately reflects the culture of those countries, and there are cultural differences between the U.S. and the U.K.
This can end up being a great tool for language and cultural classes. YouTube also announced that they have signed agreements with networks like BBC, Spanish Antena 3, and France 24 to offer professional content on these sites. Sounds like an all around great idea for educational purposes alone, much less cultural and other related uses. It would be great to see this happen in other countries such as Russia, India, and the Middle East.