Many newcomers to SL are unaware of the fact that there are many sims where the dominant language is not English. I have made use, for example, of sims where the dominant language is Spanish. My understanding of Spanish has improved considerably as a result of visiting these sims, where I have met many native speakers of the language and where the signage is usually bilingual (Spanish and English).
As a former teacher of German, I am mainly interested in sims where German is the dominant language. The Goethe-Institut
maintains a large sim, where you can attend free classes in German and meet other learners of German.
If you are new to SL and a native German speaker or if you are a student of German and wish to acquire the specialised vocabulary of SL, there are two sims that I have found where you can follow step-by-step tutorial materials in German:
1. Virtuelles Köln
2. German Newbie Centre, Berlin
If you know of locations such as these in other languages please let me know.
BTW, don't forget that there is a box labelled Some great landmarks
in the lounge of the EUROCALL Building that contains a number of landmarks of sims where the dominant language is not English.
You can also choose from a range of languages if you would prefer the SL screen interface to appear in a language other than English. Choose Edit / Preferences from the Main Menu bar, click on the General tab in the pop-up window and then select the language in the box at the bottom of the window. You need to exit SL and restart for this to come into effect.