[Translators-l] Translations (de, fr, es, ja, pt, ar) wanted for Wikimedia Foundation report Highlights, September 2011

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Sun Oct 23 10:22:53 UTC 2011

Thanks to everyone who helped - the translations completed so far are
announced at http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2011-October/000265.html

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM, Amir E. Aharoni
<amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
> I'm really not talking about Hebrew or smaller languages. I understand
> that it's not important to translate everything into all languages,
> even though it would be nice.
> It's about choosing the right major languages. Most speakers of Hebrew
> know some English; a Hebrew-speaking person who doesn't know English
> very well will still be able to read that report in English with a bit
> of motivation. This cannot be said about Russian speakers and AFAIK,
> about Chinese, too. The Indonesian situation is probably different,
> but it's an important second language for many millions.
I get the point about Hebrew speakers being (possibly) more fluent in
English on the average, but it has to be said that this kind of
argument has its limits. For example, it could also very well be made
about German speakers. However, recently there were a lot of
complaints from German Wikimedians about information not being
accessible in German (e.g.

> On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Emanuele Raoli <e.r at live.it> wrote:
> And, the traslation into italian of https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Highlights,_September_2011
 don't need?
Of course the Italian version was very welcome too, I included it in
the announcement.

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM, George Mel <georgemelber at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, I see why we need those languages, but in my opinion, it is not a
> good idea to ignore Russian and Chinese languages.

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 5:36 PM, Анастасия Львова <stasielvova at gmail.com> wrote:
> But it is very strange for people from Russia. The attitude is not surprise,
> but it leaves nasty feeling; it's so great for the volunteer community.

Apologies, there was no intention to ignore or denigrate the Russian
or Chinese communities, just the (maybe wrong) notion that this first,
experimental request for translations for the "Highlights" should not
be too ambitious. I will include both languages next time. Actually,
Russian was added as a translation request on Meta on October 17, but
no Russian speaker has taken it up yet.

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo)
<nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:
> Amir E. Aharoni, 15/10/2011 14:56:
>> Well, probably yes, and the same goes for Italian, but the question is
>> which languages should the Foundation prioritize when soliciting
>> translators.
>  From another age:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Transcom#Core_set_of_languages
Interesting link! See also the (partial) list of "big languages" by
the fundraiser team recently posted on this list:

Tilman Bayer
Movement Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
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