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[Official announcement] Translate Sailfish OS: elections of community languages & linguists

asked 2016-05-12 20:30:30 +0300

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updated 2018-06-14 12:53:12 +0300

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Q: How can I suggest a new language?
A: Add an answer below, if you have checked it hasn't been requested yet.

Q: My language was added to the translation tool, great thanks! How can others and myself enjoy translating it the most?
A: The answer is here.

Q: My language hasn't been added yet :(
A: Ensure it has a coordinator assigned, and if not, nominate yourself. Then we'll add your language to the tool.

Q: What is a coordinator?
A: The answer is here.

Q: When will I be able to see the language strings on my device?
A: Ping @martonmiklos with a mention if you would like to have an rpm to be built and/or published from your language. For short term the localization packages will be published on OpenRepos. You could also manage the RPM build for yourself. Here you can find the scripts used for building the current packages.

Jarkko, Pami, & Sim
Your Jolla L10n Team

List of nominated languages :
(in alphabetical order - click on link to vote or volunteer yourself as coordinator for us to add that language)
• Afrikaans (Southern Africa)
• Artificial languages (Pirate, Klingon etc)
• Cantonese (Hong Kong)
• Dhivehi (Maldivian)
• Georgian
• Hebrew
• Luxembourgish
• Malay
• Sanskrit
• Serbian (Latin)
• Sorbian (Lower)
• Sorbian (Upper)

Added - @coordinator(s):
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Esperanto
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Occitan - @Quenti
• Romanian - @rtr2001
• Serbian (Cyrillic) - @saleki
• Slovak - @zemiacsik
• Tatar - @aserg, rgilmi, Marat_Elmet, @a.khorkov
• Thai
• Ukrainian - @Igorion, @Teodor
• Vietnamese - @Beo96
• Welsh

Officially supported
Will be selectable on devices, and factory flashed in future new products, that's why it needs to hit 100% during every translation round in order not to delay updates
Please volunteer to coordinate them too!
• Chinese (China traditional)
• Chinese (Hong Kong)
• Chinese (Taiwan) - @zerngjia
• Czech - @xmlich02, @nodevel
• Danish - @Louis
• Dutch - @nthn, @Jarno
• English (UK)
• English (US)
• Estonian @krs, @werdinand
• Finnish
• French
• German - @ejjoman
• Greek - @dglent
• Hungarian - @martonmiklos
• Italian
• Languages of India
 • Bengali - @biraj
 • Gujarati
 • Hindi
 • Kannada
 • Malayalam - @drpradeeprkrishnan
 • Marathi - @bhavin192, @vmdhhh
 • Panjabi/Punjabi
 • Tamil
 • Telugu - @kskarthik
• Norwegian Bokmål - @emva
• Polish - @atlochowski
• Portuguese
• Portuguese (Brazil) - @SailFisherMan
• Russian
• Slovenian - @sponka, jbartl
• Spanish - @carmenfdezb
• Swedish
• Turkish - @jiit, @maidis

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... tempted to propose "Bork" : active on users birthdays ;)

launchpad ( 2016-05-13 16:17:10 +0300 )edit

Is there any way to request another l10n related improvements? Like these two issues:

martonmiklos ( 2016-05-15 22:26:25 +0300 )edit

Add Catalan (more tha 7 million people speaks, reads and writes)

darius ( 2016-05-17 12:36:06 +0300 )edit

@darius, please add languages suggestions as answers below, thanks! :)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:18:11 +0300 )edit

@sledges Is there an ETA of when the proposed languages will start appearing on the tool?

ApB ( 2016-05-25 16:45:57 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-05-15 16:31:24 +0300

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updated 2016-05-25 13:26:58 +0300

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I [Quenti] would like to help with the this language, which is spoken in South France, Spain and Italy. I've already translated Framadate, Wallabag, Jitsi and PluXml. Also translated some SailOs app into French.

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That would be fantastic! Mercés!

nthn ( 2016-05-16 01:00:23 +0300 )edit

Where should I begin?

Quenti ( 2016-05-16 16:06:45 +0300 )edit

@Quenti, you or someone else would need to volunteer as coordinator, then we'll add the language to Pootle :)

sledges ( 2016-10-07 11:58:52 +0300 )edit

Well, I volunteer :D I'm write a paper in the journal written in Occitan, so I can find people to help! Who should I contact to apply?

Quenti ( 2017-01-28 11:03:30 +0300 )edit

@Quenti, you just contacted :D Occitan has been added! Pootle has its name as (post 1500), I can drop it if you like, you're the expert :)

Don't forget to start with essentials - Terminology and style:

sledges ( 2017-01-28 11:54:40 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-08-18 16:23:19 +0300

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updated 2016-08-24 01:15:09 +0300

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Marathi (India)

I want to translate Sailfish OS inMarathi language. I want to contribute to the translations and also know a few people who can help translating it in other Indic laguages as well. I see that translations for Indian languages are not made public. Please provide reasons for doing it. If you can make it public please do so.

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Many thanks for your willingness! Indian language translations are managed by Intex, you can ping them (e.g. via twitter) telling that you can help via our service, and maybe they'll open push all those dialects quicker :) (it's a big company, so requests, even from us Jolla, take time; let's do it/ping Intex together!)

sledges ( 2016-08-24 00:57:59 +0300 )edit

I would also like to contribute to Marathi translation.

bhavin192 ( 2016-09-29 11:34:12 +0300 )edit

Now translations are public, but there is no one as a coordinator.

bhavin192 ( 2016-11-10 13:08:51 +0300 )edit

If there is no coordinator for the official language, we will simply accept suggestions as they are.

Would you like to volunteer? :)

sledges ( 2016-11-10 13:42:49 +0300 )edit

Sure I would like do that.

bhavin192 ( 2016-11-10 16:55:34 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-11-30 17:37:52 +0300

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updated 2016-12-01 12:19:36 +0300

Arabic language request

Hello Sailors,
I'm a huge fan of Sailfish OS, and I'll be pleased to see it fully translated into Arabic, and I believe that Arabic countries will be an important market in the future.

I will be honored and privileged to translated every part of the OS.

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Thank you for suggestion, but I believe we are currently hampered by the right-to-left support in Sailfish OS. I will try to clarify that and get back to you

sledges ( 2017-09-20 19:55:45 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-03-04 20:06:25 +0300

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updated 2018-03-20 08:00:57 +0300

Vietnamese :)) seem like noone take care about my language :( P/s just find out what to do Can i become a coordinator for Vietnamese, so i and my friends can start working on it. I used to translate for some android app so i think i can. Sof is a beautiful os so i want to make it beautiful than for Vietnamese :))) please 🦊 @sledges

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mention @sledges

martonmiklos ( 2018-03-16 14:32:20 +0300 )edit

@Beo96, Vietnamese is ready for translating, but I'll need your pootle/Jolla username to make you the coordinator;

sledges ( 2018-04-05 17:39:14 +0300 )edit

@sledges Banhmy1290 is my jolla username

Beo96 ( 2018-04-06 08:08:52 +0300 )edit

Can i start translate now ? @sledges

Beo96 ( 2018-04-07 16:40:33 +0300 )edit

ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:39:06 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-13 13:09:56 +0300

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updated 2016-05-17 00:50:04 +0300

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Upper Sorbian

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I think this should be 2 entries, 1 for Lower and 1 for Upper Sorbian, as they seem to be 2 separate literary languages

jahonen ( 2016-05-16 14:44:11 +0300 )edit

ok, i changed it...

misc11 ( 2016-05-17 00:51:08 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-17 00:50:35 +0300

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updated 2016-05-17 20:55:30 +0300

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Lower Sorbian

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answered 2016-09-23 12:45:47 +0300

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updated 2016-09-23 14:04:12 +0300

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Belarusian (Taraskievica)

Add the Belarusian language, translation is already underway

:( unfortunately I do not "contributions"

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@XiveZ, Belarusian is now added, would you like to be the coordinator? :)

sledges ( 2016-10-06 16:03:47 +0300 )edit


XiveZ ( 2016-10-06 20:21:32 +0300 )edit

@XiveZ, your coordinator rights have been granted, you can now accept all your suggestions :)

sledges ( 2017-07-11 15:51:51 +0300 )edit

@sledges Please, make me a contributor too. I started the translation when it was not yet on Now I have spare time for translations.

velemas ( 2017-11-28 17:26:24 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-03-01 06:48:04 +0300

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Hello, Since I couldn't find Vietnamese category, may I ask for it? I'm willing to help.

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Hello @d4nnguyen, thanks for suggesting the Vietnamese language! Are you ready to be a coordinator of it? A language cannot be added without a volunteer coordinator (see their responsibilities here:

sledges ( 2017-03-14 11:55:00 +0300 )edit

@Beo96@d4nnguyen@sledges ping

nthn ( 2018-03-04 23:02:01 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-04-29 20:09:45 +0300

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I would like to help translate Sailfish OS to Malays (Malaysia) Language.

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answered 2017-09-22 00:14:56 +0300

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updated 2017-09-22 23:07:14 +0300

English (Europe), locale: en_DK

As I believe the addition of the locale en_DK ("European" English) as a community translation would be a really nice enhancement for SailfishOS, I volunteer as a translation project coordinator for it.

Dear Jolla L10n team, it would be really nice to start with a copy of the current state of the English (UK) translation (if Pootle allows for that), as that would spare me the tedious effort of manually accepting more than 98% of the strings (as the differences to the locale en_UK are minuscule), and the existing language style guide for English (UK) does not need to be adapted at all (on first sight).

The locale en_DK suits "continental" Europeans perfectly, who prefer an UI in English, but certainly want as default currency symbol, "ISO-style" numerical date format yyyy-mm-dd, informal date format dd/mm, etc., which the locale en_UK does not provide.

References, e.g.:

Cheers & happy sailing

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