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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 2020-09-02 11:36:43 +0300

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(this thread is reviewed on a monthly basis)

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: How can I test the translation on my device?
A: Ping @martonmiklos and ask to build an rpm for your language. If desired, the localisation packages will be published on OpenRepos. You could also manage the RPM build by yourself. Here you can find the scripts used for building the current packages.

Jarkko, Pami, Sim, & Community
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) - @Nova @WilliePre
• Arabic - @mad_dev
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Dutch (Belgium) - Download - @nthn
• Esperanto
• Frisian - @Fjoerfoks (pending Jolla account username)
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - Download - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888, @ttpr
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Macedonian
• Occitan - @Quenti
• Serbian (Cyrillic) - @saleki
• Slovak - @zemiacsik, @lhodas
• Tatar - @aserg, rgilmi, Marat_Elmet, @a.khorkov
• Tajik - @Victor Ibragimov
• Thai - @TinLethax (pending Jolla account username)
• Turkmen - @Victor Ibragimov
• Ukrainian - @Igorion, @Teodor
• Welsh

Officially supported
Appear in Settings | Languages, and available in downloadable device images, that's why the progress needs to hit 100% during every translation round in order not to delay SFOS updates. A keyboard also needs to be provided (through this link)
Please volunteer to coordinate them too!
• Chinese (China traditional)
• Chinese (Hong Kong)
• Chinese (Taiwan) - @zerngjia
• Czech - @xmlich02, @Karry
• Danish - @Louis
• Dutch - @nthn, @Jarno
• English (UK)
• English (US)
• Estonian - @krs, @werdinand
• Finnish
• French - @cartron
• German - @ejjoman, @rozgwi
• Greek - @dglent
• Hungarian - @martonmiklos
• Italian - @fravaccaro
• 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
• Romanian - @rtr2001, @fnkkio
• Russian
• Slovenian - @sponka, jbartl, @Filip K.
• Spanish - @carmenfdezb
• Swedish- @ljo
• Turkish - @jiit, @maidis
• Vietnamese - @Beo96

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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: https://together.jolla.com/question/128661/localization-aware-date-display/https://together.jolla.com/question/128428/people-app-start-first-character-sorting/

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 2019-12-16 11:25:26 +0300


I would like to raise my cndidacy as language coordinator.

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Thank you for volunteering @fravaccaro, you are now the coordinator! The dedication of your time is much appreciated.

sledges ( 2019-12-16 13:24:29 +0300 )edit

I second this. Thank for your time.

magullo ( 2019-12-17 19:21:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2020-02-20 18:31:51 +0300

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updated 2020-02-20 18:32:13 +0300


Especially of interest for the "Aurora OS" fork - Armenia has a large community over there.

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answered 2017-03-13 21:39:53 +0300

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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 +0300 )edit

Too late :).

atlochowski ( 2017-03-13 21:46:40 +0300 )edit

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

sledges ( 2017-03-13 21:56:26 +0300 )edit

ok [10 chars]

atlochowski ( 2017-03-13 21:58:56 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-09-20 18:50:07 +0300

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updated 2017-09-20 19:50:53 +0300

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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 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

ping @galhi@sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:38:55 +0300 )edit

@galhi, unfortunately SFOS does not support right-to-left UI, please keep an eye on this request: https://together.jolla.com/question/35088/ui-support-for-right-to-left-written-languages/

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:09:32 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-03-29 23:52:39 +0300

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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 +0300 )edit

ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:39:29 +0300 )edit

@macedon1 here you go: https://translate.sailfishos.org/mk/

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

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:04:39 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-09-18 10:04:44 +0300

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updated 2018-09-18 10:04:44 +0300

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

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answered 2019-04-27 13:24:35 +0300

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Belarusian (Latin)

I see that previous attempt to translate SFOS to Belarusian (Taraškievica) failed. It's not finished, it doesn't have a coordinator and it has a lot of mistakes. I'd like to translate SFOS to any form of Belarusian language (preferably classic one in latin, but I could do official version in cyrillic as well).

And btw, I created two Belarusian layouts for personal use. Should I share it somewhere? Is keyboard contribution thread still alive?

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Pinging @sledges

nthn ( 2019-05-03 15:31:55 +0300 )edit

@hlebk, current translation suggestions are mostly Cyrillic. What is the status quo in the country, Latin vs Cyrillic?

sledges ( 2019-11-15 15:14:28 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-10-28 09:04:21 +0300

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updated 2019-11-15 15:06:37 +0300

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Could you please, add Tajik language (tg) to start Sailfish OS translations into Tajik right away! Style Guide and Terminology is going to be derived from ongoing Linux localization/translation projects for Tajik language.

Please, assign me as a coordinator to make QA, improvements and possible corrections.

Thank you for prompt reply, Victor

Tajik Lead Translator/Coordinator for KDE, Gnome, Debian, Ubuntu, Mageia...

translate announcement official

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Hello and thank you @Victor Ibragimov; Tajik has been added and you are now the coordinator.

sledges ( 2019-11-15 15:07:14 +0300 )edit

Hi @sledges, @jahonen, @holger, @martonmiklos, Tajik translation is 58% completed by November 30, 2019 \o/ ))) I am so happy about such a two week result and the ability to find a time to volunteer both for Tajik and Turkmen. \o/

Victor Ibragimov ( 2019-11-30 06:55:08 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-11-23 17:51:02 +0300

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updated 2019-12-11 17:59:30 +0300

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Hi @jolla, @sledges, @jahonen @holger

I have some great news for Sailfish OS and Turkmen users around the World!

Over 50 files translated into Turkmen and proofreaded + terminology file! They are ready to be uploaded for Sailfish OS now. The other set of files is in progress to be translated soon.

So, to upload the hard work - could you please, add Turkmen language (tk) to start and continue Sailfish OS translations into Turkmen!

Please, assign me as a translator/coordinator to support Turkmen translations, make QA, improvements and possible updates or corrections. I am very excited to provide mentorship and help for Turkmen language on this localization project, so hope that translations will grow along with Tajik language.

Thank you for prompt reply, Victor

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Important note: Turkmen translators for this localization project are local residents, who currently reside in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. I have already provided a series of trainings for them on how to use translation tools, keep the consistent style and terminology, understand the variables and tags in the source text. During the last translation session it was agreed with translators, so they try to keep their translations in a manner, as if the translated text was initially created in Turkmen for Sailfish OS, this approach should help to avoid word-to-word translations.

Have a great day! Victor

The following files are translated so far and ready to be uploaded once Turkmen is added to the Portal: ambience-dna 100% nemo-qml-plugin-contacts-qt5 100% libcontacts-qt5 100% ambience-sailfish3 100% feature-jala 100% sailfish-content-ambiences-intex 100% ambience-snow-white 100% sailfish-content-configuration-intex 100% contactsd 100% jolla-signon-ui 100% sailfish-content-configuration-turing 100% jolla-calculator 100% sailfish-components-email-qt5 100% ambience-aloe 100% ambience-the-first-one 100% ambience-stella 100% nemo-transferengine-qt5 100% ambience-lime 100% ambience-pink 100% sailfish-minui 100% sailfish-components-accounts-qt5 100% sailfish-archive 100% jolla-gallery-extensions 100% store-categories 100% qmf-notifications-plugin 100% ambience-angrybirds 100% sailfish-btrfs-balancer 100% sailfish-content-ambiences-default 100% jolla-settings-bluetooth 100% libjollasignonuiservice-qt5 100% jolla-mediaplayer-radio 100% sailfish-upgrade-ui 100% ambience-black 100% ambience-poppy-red 100% sailfish-content-partnerspaces-intex-tutorial 100% jolla-devicelock 100% sociald 100% sailfish-components-telephony-qt5 100% sailfish-mdm 100% simkit 100% jolla-notes 100% jolla-gallery 100% jolla-gallery-facebook 100% jolla-settings 100% as-daemon 100% jolla-settings-sync 100% feature-omp-sdk 100% sailfish-weather 100% jolla-keyboard 100%

Victor Ibragimov ( 2019-11-30 06:36:12 +0300 )edit

Turkmen Language Support

Dear @sledges@jahonen@martonmiklos

A backup of Translated files in XLF format is available here: https://github.com/Ibragimov/Turkmen-Language-Support-for-Sailfish-OS

Could you please, upload in batch all those files to Pootle portal.

Thank you in advance, Victor

Victor Ibragimov ( 2019-12-09 10:12:23 +0300 )edit

@Victor Ibragimov, you are now the coordinator https://translate.sailfishos.org/tk/

Please refer to @nthn about how they uploaded their offline translations for the whole Dutch (Belgium) language as per this comment.

sledges ( 2019-12-11 18:02:01 +0300 )edit

Dear Sailfish OS Team and @sledges Thank you so much for including Turkmen language. At the current stage it was decided to upload translated files one by one and make sure that every added string is correctly aligned with original source files.

Victor Ibragimov ( 2019-12-11 19:08:44 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-28 12:17:51 +0300

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updated 2016-05-28 22:02:26 +0300

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Dutch would be nice.

Already given as an option here.

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