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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 2017-06-30 09:28:28 +0300

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updated 2017-06-30 19:52:20 +0300

I've seen there are not coordinators for Spanish language, if you want you can add me to this group to support Jolla. I've made some suggestions in SailfishOS and I've translated to Spanish a lot of apps via Transifex and Github

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@carmendezfb many thanks for coming forth! You are now the coordinator \o/

sledges ( 2017-07-11 15:50:33 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-04-29 20:09:45 +0300

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I would like to help translate Sailfish OS to Malays (Malaysia) Language.

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arfizal ( 2019-01-07 08:04:05 +0300 )edit

@Fahmi Fisal, @arfizal, would anyone of you volunteer to coordinate the translations (become the coordinator)? If so, please say, and I shall add that language to the translation tool so you can begin :)

sledges ( 2019-02-01 02:52:00 +0300 )edit

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 2017-03-01 06:48:04 +0300

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: https://sailfishos.org/wiki/Translate_the_OS#Coordinators)

sledges ( 2017-03-14 11:55:00 +0300 )edit

@Beo96@d4nnguyen@sledges ping

nthn ( 2018-03-04 23:02:01 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-02-08 23:34:02 +0300

To "celebrate" the official release of the 2.1.0 I have packaged all community lang packs from the latest pootle status and updated the openrepos packages. Enjoy and let me know if an update is needed.

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Thanks! Just a small note on the 'all community lang packs' part - the Czech language has 100% (well, 99%, but only because of some empty source strings) of completion too ;-)

nodevel ( 2017-02-09 01:14:19 +0300 )edit

Aye, I wanted to say all maintained by me. :) Czech and Slovak is maintained by @xmlich02

martonmiklos ( 2017-02-09 09:40:31 +0300 )edit

Thanks! There are still a few tiny issues with the translations, such as https://together.jolla.com/question/156387/timestamp-in-email-reply-is-not-completely-accurate-yet/

And the "Ambiences" part still doesn't seem to be translated in the UI, even though all strings are translated on Pootle. ping @sledges

nthn ( 2017-02-09 15:54:44 +0300 )edit

@nthn, @martonmiklos, that is indeed weird. The ID is settings_system-ambiance and they seem to be translated. I'll doublecheck the source codes. E.g. testing on official languages looks OK.

sledges ( 2017-03-14 13:35:47 +0300 )edit

Wait a minute, which part of the UI are you talking about? ;)

sledges ( 2017-03-14 13:39:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-02-05 15:46:04 +0300

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Please add the language Frisian (fy-NL) so I can start localizing it. If possible you may copy over the Dutch strings and mark them as suggested, so I can work from there. Thanks.

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answered 2016-12-01 05:44:13 +0300

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Jolla already supports the Nagari keyboard. It'd be awesome if Sanskrit localization too were present.

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answered 2016-11-30 17:37:52 +0300

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updated 2016-12-01 12:19:36 +0300

Arabic language request

Hello Sailors,
I'm a huge fan of Sailfish OS, and I'll be pleased to see it fully translated into Arabic, and I believe that Arabic countries will be an important market in the future.

I will be honored and privileged to translated every part of the OS.

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Thank you for suggestion, but I believe we are currently hampered by the right-to-left support in Sailfish OS. I will try to clarify that and get back to you

sledges ( 2017-09-20 19:55:45 +0300 )edit

Hello, Are there any news about adding support for Arabic language? Thanks

Maymo ( 2018-11-28 13:25:56 +0300 )edit

I would like volunteer myself as coordinator for Community Arabic. Pootle username: mad_dev Originally posted on FSO

mad_dev ( 2020-07-20 22:09:50 +0300 )edit

Thank you @mad_dev for your RTL work, I've added Arabic to Pootle, accepted your suggestions (except those with multiple options and plurals), and made you the coordinator.

Arabic plurals formula in Pootle is n==0 ? 0 : n==1 ? 1 : n==2 ? 2 : n%100>=3 && n%100<=10 ? 3 : n%100>=11 ? 4 : 5, and unfortunately all fields should be populated, even if it's written the same way. Leaving at least one of the six fields empty will result in English being shown on device.

To those interested in community's RTL effort, please look here: https://together.jolla.com/question/228890/unofficial-rtl-support-re-opened/ and thanks again @mad_dev!

sledges ( 2020-07-21 15:12:54 +0300 )edit

@sledges Thanks for adding me and for the feedback. I'll review the plurals and empty fields. I did touch upon a few concerns I had about plurals early on; I was not aware of a specific syntax to resolve them. Cheers,

For those interested in testing other RTL languages; assuming you have a built package, rtls should work fine(I am constantly updating FILES.txt). If you need assistance building a package, I personally used unofficial-jolla-translation with a little tweaks. Nonetheless, find me here or on FSO if you need additional assistance.

mad_dev ( 2020-07-21 18:55:56 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-09-28 17:31:49 +0300

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updated 2016-11-21 15:11:13 +0300


Telugu is a South Indian language and is the 3rd most spoken language after Hindi and Bengali in India.. @kskarthik is already translating for telugu and I recommend him to be the coordinator.

తెలుగు లో సేయిల్ఫిష్ ని చూడాలని వుంది. 😎

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He already is, for quite some time! ;)

sledges ( 2017-09-20 19:56:30 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-09-24 02:08:44 +0300

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updated 2016-09-30 00:53:56 +0300

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It was mentioned here that you miss us, so I nominate myself to do some "skippertak", until someone other and or better comes along. (nb-no, bokmål, to be specific)

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You are the best, and you've taken loads of precious time off of our Norwegian sailor \o/ So he can concentrate on developing mission critical things ;)

Mange takk!

sledges ( 2016-10-06 16:37:39 +0300 )edit
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