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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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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)
• Artificial languages (Pirate, Klingon etc)
• Cantonese (Hong Kong)
• Dhivehi (Maldivian)
• Georgian
• Hebrew
• Luxembourgish
• Malay
• Sanskrit
• Serbian (Latin)
• Sorbian (Lower)
• Sorbian (Upper)

Added - @coordinator(s):
• Afrikaans (Southern Africa) - @WilliePre
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Dutch (Belgium) - @nthn
• Esperanto
• Frisian - @Fjoerfoks (pending Jolla account username)
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Macedonian
• Occitan - @Quenti
• Romanian - @rtr2001, @fnkka
• Serbian (Cyrillic) - @saleki
• Slovak - @zemiacsik
• Tatar - @aserg, rgilmi, Marat_Elmet, @a.khorkov
• Thai - @TinLethax (pending Jolla account username)
• 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, [help needed]
• 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, @Filip K.
• 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

Hello, Are there any news about adding support for Arabic language? Thanks

Maymo ( 2018-11-28 13:25:56 +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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arfizal ( 2019-01-07 08:04:05 +0300 )edit

@Fahmi Fisal, @arfizal, would anyone of you volunteer to coordinate the translations (become the coordinator)? If so, please say, and I shall add that language to the translation tool so you can begin :)

sledges ( 2019-02-01 02:52:00 +0300 )edit

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

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updated 2018-09-13 16:06:42 +0300

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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 2018-11-02 15:09:53 +0300

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Frisian Gotten interested again after the release of version 3, well done. So maybe now it's time to add another European language, Frisian. Sometimes also mentioned as Western Frisian, coded fy, fy-NL or fy_NL. It is the second official language in the Netherlands. I used to work on Firefox OS, which sadly was discontinued. Right now I work on all Frisian translations for Mozilla and some other projects. I'd really like to help out on this and probably more people. Thanks in advance for your response!

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Hello @Fjoerfoks, apologies for the delay, but here is the Frisian ready to receive some yummy strings :) To make you the coordinator, I'd need your Jolla account username, cheers!

Coincidentally, this weekend I'll be very close to the Netherlands -- at FOSDEM ! :)

sledges ( 2019-02-01 02:45:04 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0300

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updated 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0300

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We are a group of active translators for Swedish as an official language, but I see we still have no coordinator. I, ljo, thus self-nominate as coordinator. I have worked with language technology for more than 20 years (the last 13 at The Swedish Language Bank, Språkbanken). In addition to SailfishOS I have contributed to other project's translations, e.g. eZ publish, OTRS, Magento CE, jitsi-meet, as well as my own projects.

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answered 2019-08-22 13:04:36 +0300

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updated 2019-08-22 13:06:59 +0300

Tajik Language Support for SailfishOS

To whom it may concern,

Hi, my name is Victor Ibragimov, a professional translator and coordinator for many software localization projects (Debian, Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Mageia and many others) into Tajik Language. It looks like there is no Tajik Language Support set up for SailfishOS so far.

Please, add Tajik Language for SailfishOS, so I can start Tajik translations promptly.

Thank you for prompt reply, Victor

A Template Style Guide for Tajik Language is available at

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@sledges ping

nthn ( 2019-08-22 18:16:14 +0300 )edit

The Tajik language at

It sounds as if a Farsi (New Persian) localization (currently not existing) is a good starting point and vice versa (Tajik -> Persian).

olf ( 2019-08-23 21:59:25 +0300 )edit

@olf Tajik has the benefit of being written in Cyrillic, which doesn't require the right-to-left support Persian would need.

nthn ( 2019-08-29 02:27:31 +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...

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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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