Volunteers around the world help translate Twitter into nearly 50 languages from Afrikaans, Albanian, and Arabic to Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.
Want to get involved?
To get started, head to translate.twitter.com and sign in with your Twitter handle.
Agree to the Translation Center Terms of Service and select your language from the menu of 48; Twitter only allows one language per translator, so if you’re multilingual pick your favorite, the easiest to translate from English, or the more uncommon one so your assistance will be maximized. Keep in mind you won’t be able to change your chosen language without a support request.
From your Twitter Translation Center Dashboard, you can help translate phrases into your selected language, evaluate Twitter’s translation algorithm by answering easy questions, and take lessons on using the Twitter Translation Center and creating better translations (which could be helpful for other translation projects).
On the Translate tab, a series of Translation Projects is listed displaying the items Twitter still needs help crowdsourcing translations for. You can see it’s not tweets that need translating, but copy on Twitter.com and its apps:
One you select an uncompleted project, you’ll see the list of phrases that need translating. For example:
You can give a vote to a translation you think is right-on, edit translations live, or add your own new one.
Twitter suggests that when translating, you should use the glossary set out for your language by the moderators and community, accessible from the Help tab. It includes words like Timeline, Mention, and Retweet, not necessarily one-to-one translatable into other languages.
There’s a forum for each language so you can ask questions of your fellow translators and discuss anything related to your projects.
Twitter incentivizes the Translation Center with statuses and badges you can earn for frequent and high-quality work.
Ready to get started? Head to translate.twitter.com.
(Twitter in Arabic image via Hits Com.)
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