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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 2019-03-20 14:46:01 +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)
• 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) - @WilliePre
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Dutch (Belgium) - @nthn
• Esperanto
• Frisian - @Fjoerfoks (pending Jolla account username)
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - @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
• Thai - @TinLethax (pending Jolla account username)
• 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 +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 2019-09-10 16:52:40 +0300

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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 +0300

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updated 2019-08-22 13:06:59 +0300

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 +0300 )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 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

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

answered 2019-02-13 08:12:30 +0300

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updated 2019-02-13 11:56:45 +0300


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 +0300 )edit

Ping @sledges, he can do this.

emva ( 2019-03-05 00:43:43 +0300 )edit

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

fnkka ( 2019-03-16 08:39:04 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0300

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updated 2018-11-04 22:28:44 +0300

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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 +0300

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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 ! :)

sledges ( 2019-02-01 02:45:04 +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 2018-04-06 18:30:20 +0300

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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 +0300 )edit

and another ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:40:29 +0300 )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 +0300 )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 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-04-06 05:11:41 +0300

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My jolla username is Banhmy1290 :)) thanks

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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:

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
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