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

asked 2016-05-12 20:30:30 +0200

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updated 2017-10-17 18:02:42 +0200

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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
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Chinese (Taiwan) - Download - @zerngjia
• Czech - @xmlich02, @nodevel
• Dutch - Download - @nthn, @Jarno
• Esperanto
• Estonian - Download - @krs, @werdinand
• Galician - @pakoR
• Greek - Download - @dglent
• Hungarian - Download - @martonmiklos
• Indonesian - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888
• Korean - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Occitan - @Quenti
• Portuguese (Brazil) - Download - @SailFisherMan
• Romanian - @rtr2001
• Serbian (Cyrillic) - @saleki
• Slovak - @zemiacsik
• Slovenian - Download - @sponka, jbartl
• Tatar - @aserg, rgilmi, Marat_Elmet, @a.khorkov
• Thai
• Turkish - @jiit, @maidis
• Ukrainian - @Igorion, @Teodor
• 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)
• Danish - @Louis
• English (UK)
• English (US)
• Finnish
• French
• German - @ejjoman
• 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
• Russian
• Spanish - @carmenfdezb
• Swedish

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

launchpad ( 2016-05-13 16:17:10 +0200 )edit

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

martonmiklos ( 2016-05-15 22:26:25 +0200 )edit

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

darius ( 2016-05-17 12:36:06 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:18:11 +0200 )edit

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

ApB ( 2016-05-25 16:45:57 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-09-24 02:08:44 +0200

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updated 2016-09-30 00:53:56 +0200

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It was mentioned here that you miss us, so I nominate myself to do some "skippertak", until someone other and or better comes along. (nb-no, bokmål, to be specific)

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You are the best, and you've taken loads of precious time off of our Norwegian sailor \o/ So he can concentrate on developing mission critical things ;)

Mange takk!

sledges ( 2016-10-06 16:37:39 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-13 13:09:56 +0200

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updated 2016-05-17 00:50:04 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

ok, i changed it...

misc11 ( 2016-05-17 00:51:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-17 00:50:35 +0200

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updated 2016-05-17 20:55:30 +0200

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Lower Sorbian

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answered 2016-09-23 12:45:47 +0200

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updated 2016-09-23 14:04:12 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit


XiveZ ( 2016-10-06 20:21:32 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2017-07-11 15:51:51 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-11-30 17:37:52 +0200

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updated 2016-12-01 12:19:36 +0200

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 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-03-01 06:48:04 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-08-08 13:46:04 +0200

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I can currently only suggest translation strings but not submit them. How can this be changed?

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Thank you very much for coming back on the Danish language. If you would like to volunteer as coordinator, you will be able to submit them.

sledges ( 2017-08-08 13:47:32 +0200 )edit

Nice. I would like to :) I've translated tohkbd2, some of CrossOver and a few other projects to Danish to Danish .My speciality is coherent words which they're a lot of in the Danish which needs to be corrected.

Louis ( 2017-08-08 20:48:32 +0200 )edit

Brilliant, you are now the coordinator @Louis, a lot of love is needed in the Danish translations.

sledges ( 2017-08-08 21:12:19 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-03-13 21:39:53 +0200

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There are new strings to translate on Pootle

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Well done for impressive observance, but please do not start translating until official announcement, certain inconsistencies have happened ;)

sledges ( 2017-03-13 21:43:36 +0200 )edit

Too late :).

atlochowski ( 2017-03-13 21:46:40 +0200 )edit

check if your accepted suggestions from last two months haven't gotten lost/reverted by accident

sledges ( 2017-03-13 21:56:26 +0200 )edit

ok [10 chars]

atlochowski ( 2017-03-13 21:58:56 +0200 )edit

Problem investigated and a way out found: all accepted corrected translations of official languages that have been made by community coordinators (not too many cases) between the end of last l10n round and today can be recovered by finding "User suggestions" with _no user icon_ next to them. E.g. the case of "Person anrufen" string in German. I will mention this in the official announcement tomorrow :) Sorry for the inconvenience this might cause you!

sledges ( 2017-03-14 01:03:15 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-04-29 20:09:45 +0200

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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 +0200

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updated 2017-09-22 23:07:14 +0200

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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