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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 2020-07-29 22:24:51 +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
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Macedonian
• Occitan - @Quenti
• 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, @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
• 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 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 :) https://translate.sailfishos.org/fy 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: https://translate.sailfishos.org/nl_BE/ 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: 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 2018-03-04 20:06:25 +0300

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updated 2018-09-13 16:06:42 +0300

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Vietnamese :))

seem like noone take care about my language :( P/s just find out what to do Can i become a coordinator for Vietnamese, so i and my friends can start working on it. I used to translate for some android app so i think i can. Sof is a beautiful os so i want to make it beautiful than for Vietnamese :))) please 🦊 @sledges

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mention @sledges

martonmiklos ( 2018-03-16 14:32:20 +0300 )edit

@Beo96, Vietnamese is ready for translating, but I'll need your pootle/Jolla username to make you the coordinator; https://translate.sailfishos.org/vi/

sledges ( 2018-04-05 17:39:14 +0300 )edit

@sledges Banhmy1290 is my jolla username

Beo96 ( 2018-04-06 08:08:52 +0300 )edit

Can i start translate now ? @sledges

Beo96 ( 2018-04-07 16:40:33 +0300 )edit

ping @sledges

nthn ( 2018-04-20 23:39:06 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-09-22 00:14:56 +0300

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updated 2019-11-26 18:32:56 +0300

English (EU) i.e. locale en_DK

As I believe the addition of the locale en_DK ("European" / EU 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 (within the EU) 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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pootle allow to download/upload files. here you have example of voicecall.ts file https://translate.sailfishos.org/en_GB/voicecall-ui-jolla/voicecall.ts

atlochowski ( 2019-11-26 19:35:58 +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 2017-08-08 21:52:06 +0300

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updated 2017-08-08 22:13:52 +0300


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 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-08-08 13:46:04 +0300

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I can currently only suggest translation strings but not submit them. How can this be changed?

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Thank you very much for coming back on the Danish language. If you would like to volunteer as coordinator, you will be able to submit them.

sledges ( 2017-08-08 13:47:32 +0300 )edit

Nice. I would like to :) I've translated tohkbd2, some of CrossOver and a few other projects to Danish to Danish .My speciality is coherent words which they're a lot of in the Danish which needs to be corrected.

Louis ( 2017-08-08 20:48:32 +0300 )edit

Brilliant, you are now the coordinator @Louis, a lot of love is needed in the Danish translations.

sledges ( 2017-08-08 21:12:19 +0300 )edit
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