[Translators-l] Call for translations: Subtitles for Wikipedia Videos

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Mon Oct 4 19:27:02 UTC 2010

Dear translation community,

I'd like to make a renewed call for translation for the Wikipedia
videos that we released last month. See background here:


We already have subtitle translations in a dozen or so languages, but
we need many more :-). Here's how it works:

1) You'll find the videos at:

2) Click any of the video file names to get to the description pages.
On the description page, you will see a list of "Available closed
captioning files".

3) Click the English language source of a subtitle file. Click "Edit".

4) Copy all the text into the clipboard.

5) In the address bar, replace "en" with your Wikimedia language code.
So, for example,




for a German translation. Load the new address. You can now paste in
the English original, and start translating line by line (be careful
not to remove the time markers).

If there is a translation in your language already, please help to
proofread/improve it.

Liane Al-Ghusain (on CC) is a communications intern with the Wikimedia
Foundation. She will import the subtitles into the YouTube copies of
the videos. To allow us to import them as a batch, please complete
your translations by _OCTOBER 15_. We will import them the following

If you've updated an existing translation, please let Liane know so
she can import it.

Thank you very much for your help. We think these videos are a great
outreach tool, and your translations will make them even more widely
accessible. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

All best,


Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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