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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 2019-12-16 13:25:24 +0200

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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
• 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
• 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
• 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, [help needed]
• Danish - @Louis
• Dutch - @nthn, @Jarno
• English (UK)
• English (US)
• Estonian - @krs, @werdinand
• Finnish
• French
• German - @ejjoman
• 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
• Russian
• Slovenian - @sponka, jbartl, @Filip K.
• Spanish - @carmenfdezb
• Swedish
• Turkish - @jiit, @maidis
• Vietnamese - @Beo96

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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 2019-12-16 11:25:26 +0200


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 +0200 )edit

I second this. Thank for your time.

magullo ( 2019-12-17 19:21:21 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-11-23 17:51:02 +0200

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updated 2019-12-11 17:59:30 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

Turkmen Language Support

Dear @sledges@jahonen@martonmiklos

A backup of Translated files in XLF format is available here:

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 +0200 )edit

@Victor Ibragimov, you are now the coordinator

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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-10-28 09:04:21 +0200

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updated 2019-11-15 15:06:37 +0200

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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...

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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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-09-10 16:52:40 +0200

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greetings from Indonesia 😊

hai, we Indonesian people want the next sailfish os to have the Indonesian language. but the authors seem never accept our suggested translate, last time Fpermana (the coordinator for now) online is 14 dec 2018

I hope you can help me become the coordinator for Indonesian language. me and my friend from Indonesian, ready to help translate the next sailfish os to our language. I hope you can help.


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answered 2019-08-22 13:04:36 +0200

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updated 2019-08-22 13:06:59 +0200

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 +0200 )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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-04-27 13:24:35 +0200

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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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-02-13 08:12:30 +0200

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updated 2019-02-13 11:56:45 +0200


I would like to be added as a coordinator for the Romanian locale. Yesterday I submitted ~2.000 translation suggestions, today I have built the translations package and I am verifying the strings, one by one, in the actual applications.

After verification, I would like to be able to approve these translations myself.

Thank you !

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Hello @fnkka, I second you to that. I am the sole RO coordinator so far, but I have very limited time until later this year, so it would be great to move forward somehow.

rtr2001 ( 2019-02-13 19:46:59 +0200 )edit

Ping @sledges, he can do this.

emva ( 2019-03-05 00:43:43 +0200 )edit

@sledges a bit of help here please; otherwise I cannot contribute.. it's been one month.

fnkkio ( 2019-03-16 08:39:04 +0200 )edit

Thanks @fnkka, you are now the coordinator. Sorry for the delay, but please do not create new answers, because there was already one for Romanian, as it's easy to lose oneself:)

sledges ( 2019-03-20 14:47:16 +0200 )edit

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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answered 2018-11-02 15:09:53 +0200

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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 ! :)

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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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