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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)
• 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 +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 2016-05-12 20:31:06 +0300

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updated 2016-09-28 17:25:40 +0300

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Languages of India

We're currently looking at finally adding these to the Community Pootle. As 'Indian languages' is far too broad an umbrella, please create individual answers for each language to which you could contribute.

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Hindi Marathi English India

madhusudan ( 2016-05-13 06:54:15 +0300 )edit

I can help with Tamil Language. But can we know what Indian languages are under consideration please?

anandrkris ( 2016-05-15 09:07:30 +0300 )edit

We won't be able to tell which languages we have covered internally as yet, but once the information is no longer confidential, you will be informed.

jahonen ( 2016-05-16 14:47:47 +0300 )edit

I can help with Malayalam as well and some Hindi.

lal ( 2016-05-16 20:10:20 +0300 )edit

I couldn't find a localisation of Jolla in Bengali (Bangladesh) or bn_BD in Pootle. However, I am interested to get the localisation started! Can we have Bengali in our Pootle please?

Aniruddha Adhikary ( 2016-07-06 15:23:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-13 18:05:40 +0300

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updated 2016-05-13 18:05:40 +0300

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I can help to translate SF in Latvian :)

ljimonad4iks ( 2016-06-28 20:40:29 +0300 )edit

I also can help in translation

iKeivs ( 2016-07-08 15:13:12 +0300 )edit

Volunteer to help or to coordinate, braliukai? ;)

sledges ( 2016-08-24 00:46:35 +0300 )edit

Im here to help! :))

sa1l0 ( 2016-11-03 05:49:53 +0300 )edit

Hi, can I take the role of coordinator for Latvian?

akerran ( 2017-01-23 14:11:02 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-14 12:02:37 +0300

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updated 2016-07-05 23:26:45 +0300

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Serbian (Cyrilic)

Amongst other things, I [saleki] am coordinator or team member for some Meego and Linux apps on Transifex including MeeCast, Tweetian,Qneptunea, Cutegram... I can coordinate translation for Sailfish OS too, both for cyrilic and latin Serbian.

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With Latin Serbian available Sailfish would be one step ahead of Android. Should be preeeetty easy to get an automatic Cyrillic -> Latin transliteration going anyway.

nthn ( 2016-05-14 18:22:38 +0300 )edit

Yes! It's very simple. 1 to 1 character mapping.

saleki ( 2016-05-15 00:47:39 +0300 )edit

Just to be clear, Serbian and Sorbian are two different languages. Thanks :)

saleki ( 2016-05-16 21:58:46 +0300 )edit

Ok. I got coordinator status for unofficial-jolla-translations - Serbian language on transifex. If you want to contact me there my nicknameis is also saleki. Lets start translating and show our will :)

saleki ( 2016-05-27 00:08:15 +0300 )edit

Ok, ready to help, I am from Serbia, will participate. Jolla 1 here, Jolla C ordered.

Also, I was creator of keyboards for Cyrilic and Latin Serbian, but user Penguin done packaging for me. I can take that part also.

branek ( 2016-06-14 15:33:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 23:25:23 +0300

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updated 2016-05-12 23:47:20 +0300

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Hi, I'm the translator for the Galician language in unofficial-jolla-translations, with 91% complete to version (SFOS 2.0 EA), it would be desirable to import the translation progress in this transiflex project if possible.

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Nice! That link says "Forbidden Access", but I wonder what export options transifex offers. We are using Pootle tool, and I could import .ts files of this format:

sledges ( 2016-05-12 23:28:59 +0300 )edit

It's now there, @pakoR would you like to coordinate? :)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 14:09:16 +0300 )edit

@sledges sure, I can't wait to try to reach 100% ;)

pakoR ( 2016-09-23 16:42:27 +0300 )edit

@pakoR, that's the spirit of the coordinator! You're it, enjoy ;)

sledges ( 2016-09-27 15:48:55 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-06-14 22:29:33 +0300

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updated 2016-08-24 01:00:52 +0300

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Although a small country, even Microsoft added the language :) Why not Jolla also to stand out. Keyboard to be used would be SF or SG like.

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answered 2016-07-17 19:30:31 +0300

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Cantonese (Hong Kong)

In Hong Kong, Macau and many Chinese societies in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, USA and Europe, Cantonese is one of the most spoken languages and is the mother-tongue of 120 million people around the world. In contrast to the written Chinese (Hong Kong) locale, Cantonese gives users great familiarity and extra friendliness, and hence would improve user engagement of the OS.

Cantonese system UI is rare in any other OSes. By offering Cantonese UI in Sailfish OS, we set ourselves #unlike to any others and would create great potential exposure in Cantonese-based media.

To kick-start the translation, we can base upon on the current Chinese (Hong Kong) and verbalise them. There's also a small but engaging Jolla user community in Hong Kong who can help with the translations --- just as how we helped with the development of the Dolphin Chinese input methods in Sailfish OS; and the Traditional Chinese community translation package for N900.

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@amandalam, would you step up as being the coordinator? :)

sledges ( 2017-09-20 20:00:53 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-16 12:39:36 +0300

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updated 2016-05-25 15:47:14 +0300

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There's already two working keyboards and an unofficial Korean translation in open repos. This would be a great starting point for this language!

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Hi! Keyboard requests/submissions are done via by sending Pekka an email. Thanks :)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:29:31 +0300 )edit

I maintained translations outside of the Transifex - due to some reasons. And I am the author of unofficial translation and one of the Korean keyboard. Now given that there is an official interface, I can gladly take care of it.

Update: looks like there is no coordinator, can I assume the position?

peremen ( 2016-06-02 21:22:26 +0300 )edit

Just made you the coordinator:)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 12:31:09 +0300 )edit

Hi @peremen !

There was a merged PR on github what I have forgotten about:

Do you still want me to release a Korean RPM and deprecate the current one?

martonmiklos ( 2017-05-28 13:03:40 +0300 )edit

@martonmiklos Hi again, I forgot to reply you sooner. Yes, I want to keep sync with other RPMs, and I will publish a transitional package instead.

peremen ( 2017-06-30 23:01:51 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-06-29 11:51:29 +0300

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Tatar language

Hi! I've got a command that can translate Sailfish OS to tatar language. This language distributed in Russia. More than 5 millon peoples are using it. I can be a coordinator for this process.

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Hi! @sledges, can you add rights to approve translations for these guys from our translation team: 1) Marat_Elmet 2) rgilmi Thanks!

aserg ( 2016-09-15 17:10:20 +0300 )edit

Done enjoy! :)

sledges ( 2016-09-16 03:18:33 +0300 )edit

@sledges, please add rights to approve translations for @a.khorkov He did a lot of work!

aserg ( 2016-10-05 15:10:53 +0300 )edit

@aserg, done as you asked :) Cheers!

sledges ( 2016-10-06 01:14:12 +0300 )edit

Hi @sledges. I have noticed, that in tatar language exists 74 projects. But almost in all projects there are 82-83 packages. So, is it just mistake or smth else? thanks

aserg ( 2016-10-21 12:26:05 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-15 06:48:56 +0300

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updated 2016-05-25 13:26:18 +0300

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I never meet or know anyone who use Jolla phone or Sailfish OS in my country, but I [fpermana] would like to help with translations.

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I'd like to help translate it to indonesian

Aguto ( 2016-11-09 22:50:56 +0300 )edit

@Aguto, are you interested to be coordinator?

fpermana ( 2016-11-26 11:41:55 +0300 )edit

yes, i am.

Aguto ( 2016-11-28 23:21:16 +0300 )edit

hi @sledges. I would like nominate myself as coordinator to translate to Bahasa Indonesia. How to do it? Should I create new thread?

fpermana ( 2017-02-09 16:08:02 +0300 )edit

fpermana is not active anymore. can i be the new coordinator?

Aguto ( 2017-08-14 09:02:25 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-27 02:24:07 +0300

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updated 2016-05-27 08:56:43 +0300

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Around 200 million people speak it.

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