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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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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 +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 2017-02-08 23:34:02 +0200

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 +0200 )edit

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

martonmiklos ( 2017-02-09 09:40:31 +0200 )edit

Thanks! There are still a few tiny issues with the translations, such as

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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2017-03-14 13:39:07 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-02-05 15:46:04 +0200

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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 +0200

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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 +0200

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updated 2016-12-01 12:19:36 +0200

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 +0200 )edit

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

Maymo ( 2018-11-28 13:25:56 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-09-28 17:31:49 +0200

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updated 2016-11-21 15:11:13 +0200


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 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-09-24 02:08:44 +0200

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updated 2016-09-30 00:53:56 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-09-23 12:45:47 +0200

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updated 2016-09-23 14:04:12 +0200

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Belarusian (Taraskievica)

Add the Belarusian language, translation is already underway

:( unfortunately I do not "contributions"

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@XiveZ, Belarusian is now added, would you like to be the coordinator? :)

sledges ( 2016-10-06 16:03:47 +0200 )edit


XiveZ ( 2016-10-06 20:21:32 +0200 )edit

@XiveZ, your coordinator rights have been granted, you can now accept all your suggestions :)

sledges ( 2017-07-11 15:51:51 +0200 )edit

@sledges Please, make me a contributor too. I started the translation when it was not yet on Now I have spare time for translations.

velemas ( 2017-11-28 17:26:24 +0200 )edit

@XiveZ would you like the help of @velemas as contributor? Sorry for late reply, our email notification system failed and this has fallen through the cracks.. At least I made a-date-sorted RSS feed reader for this, so hope not to miss no more :)

sledges ( 2018-09-13 16:08:50 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-08-18 16:23:19 +0200

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updated 2016-08-24 01:15:09 +0200

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Marathi (India)

I want to translate Sailfish OS inMarathi language. I want to contribute to the translations and also know a few people who can help translating it in other Indic laguages as well. I see that translations for Indian languages are not made public. Please provide reasons for doing it. If you can make it public please do so.

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Many thanks for your willingness! Indian language translations are managed by Intex, you can ping them (e.g. via twitter) telling that you can help via our service, and maybe they'll open push all those dialects quicker :) (it's a big company, so requests, even from us Jolla, take time; let's do it/ping Intex together!)

sledges ( 2016-08-24 00:57:59 +0200 )edit

I would also like to contribute to Marathi translation.

bhavin192 ( 2016-09-29 11:34:12 +0200 )edit

Now translations are public, but there is no one as a coordinator.

bhavin192 ( 2016-11-10 13:08:51 +0200 )edit

If there is no coordinator for the official language, we will simply accept suggestions as they are.

Would you like to volunteer? :)

sledges ( 2016-11-10 13:42:49 +0200 )edit

Sure I would like do that.

bhavin192 ( 2016-11-10 16:55:34 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-08-11 08:20:00 +0200

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updated 2016-09-23 13:59:54 +0200

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What about Thai language and keyboard?There are more than 60 million people in Thailand and around the world using Thai language.

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Thai added! @Ongkut, would you like to coordinate? :)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 14:19:05 +0200 )edit

Interesting,I'm Thai too.It would great if I can help for translating !

TinLethax ( 2019-01-17 03:38:49 +0200 )edit

@TinLethax, great! I'll make you the coordinator if you send me your Jolla account name, because currently there is none. By the way, even without this role, one can always feel free to create suggestions:

sledges ( 2019-02-01 00:07:03 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-08-10 22:48:08 +0200

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updated 2017-02-04 21:20:23 +0200


My native language is not listed. Georgian is my native language. Sailfish OS does not recognize my native language fonts, nor does it have keyboard for it. I have fonts for my language installed on my nexus 4 Sailfish os and they are working well. Also i created keyboard files for Georgian and it works perfectly in Sailfish OS. here are pictures. There are no big and little letters in my language. Only few of them change with shift key. So here is it With shift pressed image description

Without shift image description

How can i contact jolla comunity or someone who can put this fonts and keyboard in this system. Of course i can make little program to do this but it would be better if OS supported my language natively. WP10, Ubuntu phone and Android do support it.

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If you have a keyboard and you want to contribute contact Pekka Vuorella. See this thread

For the fonts i have no idea.

ApB ( 2016-08-11 11:02:10 +0200 )edit

I contacted him. There are some issues. Fonts for my language do not have licence they are kinda free, nobody knows who made them. You can download them from sites. For example I contacted administrator of that site and he told me this. But looks like they can't add Georgian keyboard to this system. I do not know what to do.

matusala ( 2017-02-04 21:26:32 +0200 )edit

With a high chance of being wrong the font jolla uses is Droid which i think has a Georgian support.

ApB ( 2017-02-04 23:23:30 +0200 )edit

But when i installed SFOS until i had installed these fonts it could not show me many georgian sites text. After installing these fonts it displayed everything that was on georgian on that sites. I do not undartand much in fonds and unicodes but i can tell that if SFOS has georgian fonts it still needs this fonts to fully support my language.

matusala ( 2017-02-04 23:46:55 +0200 )edit

Droid having georgian support and the georgian font being installed in the phone is two different things. If you find Droid Sans Georgian ttf and install it i suspect it will work.

ApB ( 2017-02-04 23:56:12 +0200 )edit
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