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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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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
• Dutch (Belgium) - @nthn
• Esperanto
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Macedonian
• 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, [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 +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 2017-03-01 06:48:04 +0200

d4nnguyen gravatar image

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

@Beo96@d4nnguyen@sledges ping

nthn ( 2018-03-04 23:02:01 +0200 )edit

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

Fahmi Fisal gravatar image

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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answered 2018-04-06 18:30:20 +0200

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Dutch (Belgium)

The nl_BE translation could use the nl translation as a base. Although it could be almost completely rewritten, using the local vocabulary (and grammar) for several very common words would already be sufficient. The two Dutch languages will rediverge in the future anyway, so let's stay ahead of the curve.

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(I also volunteer as coordinator, of course.)

nthn ( 2018-04-07 18:33:49 +0200 )edit

and another ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:40:29 +0200 )edit

@nthn, here you are: Copying all existing strings from the Dutch will happen at a later time.

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:13:32 +0200 )edit

@sledges, many thanks! You don't have to worry about copying the existing strings, I think it should also work if I just download the translation files from nl_NL one by one, make changes where needed offline, then upload those translations to nl_BE.

nthn ( 2018-09-17 15:10:41 +0200 )edit

@sledges, alright, all of the important changes are now done, and I've managed to spot a couple more mistakes and inconsistencies in nl_NL to fix, too. The same problem seems to be happening as that from a while ago, in that it shows that the translation is 99% finished, but there are no more strings to translate. I've quickly compared the amount of words for each file between nl_NL and nl_BE, and they're all the same, so I don't know what's going on. Could you take a quick look? Thanks!

nthn ( 2018-09-18 11:05:36 +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 2017-08-08 21:52:06 +0200

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updated 2017-08-08 22:13:52 +0200


As a native Arabic speaker, I would be happy to contribute to Arabic translations =)

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Thank you! :) I believe we would first need to get clear on the right-to-left reading support in SFOS?

sledges ( 2017-09-20 19:51:50 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-09-20 18:50:07 +0200

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updated 2017-09-20 19:50:53 +0200

sledges gravatar image

Dhivehi (Maldivian)

Please add dhivehi language I (@galhi) would love to contribute

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Wow very exotic language! I'm afraid I cannot find it in the Pootle tool, which means you would have to provide us with its POSIX locale abbreviation and a how many plurals it has (and their formula). If you need more explanation from us on that, just ask :)

sledges ( 2017-09-20 19:50:31 +0200 )edit

Number of plurals : 2

Plural type : One/other (classic plural)

Plural equation : n != 1

Text direction : Right to left

Language code : dv

Not really sure what POSIX locale abbreviation is ... I thought it's language code so I included language code above if it's not that please let me know

galhi ( 2017-09-21 14:19:56 +0200 )edit

ping @galhi@sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:38:55 +0200 )edit

@galhi, unfortunately SFOS does not support right-to-left UI, please keep an eye on this request:

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:09:32 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-03-29 23:52:39 +0200

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I would like to nominate Macedonian as a language for Sailfish and I would like to contribute as the coordinator. Please let me know what I need to do.


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ping @sledges

martonmiklos ( 2018-03-31 09:54:21 +0200 )edit

ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:39:29 +0200 )edit

@macedon1 here you go:

If you could login into Pootle and tell me your username, I'll make you the coordinator

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:04:39 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-09-18 10:04:44 +0200

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updated 2018-09-18 10:04:44 +0200

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Tanglish - Tamil language mixed with english objects .. Modern now, easy understanding, attract more selections

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answered 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0200

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updated 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0200

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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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