Taobao in English?
Is Taobao.com Available in English?
Taobao does not natively have an English version. But English-speakers can still easily buy from Taobao, either by using a good Taobao Agent, or by using the Taobao Field Guide.
Buying from Overseas?
If you don’t live in China and don’t know Chinese, you can still buy stuff from Taobao with the help of a good Taobao Agent. Just tell them what you want, and they will help you find it and translate it. Check out our guide to finding a good Taobao Agent. It will add a small percentage to your order cost, but it is well worth it for all the service they provide.
If You Live in China
If you are living in China, you probably have some Chinese language ability, or at least the intention to learn. For you, Taobao is a world of opportunity: a chance to improve your zhongwen abilities and get awesome stuff.
Equipped with the Taobao Field Guide guide and your adventerous spirit, you can can very easily get up and running. Once you learn the basics, buying is just a matter of clicking the orange Buy It button and entering your password. Simple!
Online Translation Options
There are some great online translators available to help you fill in the gaps. Check out our rough guide to translating Taobao into English.
Chat Online with Sellers in English
Most of the people who open shops on Taobao know some English. And you can have an IM chat with them. An English-language Online chat is a great way to clarify what you want to know about the stuff you want to buy. Check out our guide to chatting on Taobao.