Project Lingua

Project Lingua, or just Lingua is an online translation community formed in the end of 2006[1] with the goal of translating articles from the global citizen media project Global Voices Online from English into other languages, opening lines of distributed[2] communication between bloggers across the world. The project currently translates into tens[3] of different languages, and incorporates an active team of hundreds of volunteer translators and translation editors. Along with the Cucumis project and the Wikipedia's own translation projects in every language, such as the Wikipedia:ECHO, Lingua is considered one of the largest volunteer-based online translation communities in the world.[4][5][6][7]

Project Lingua
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FormationDec 2006
PurposeOpen lines of communication with non-english speaking bloggers by translating articles from Global Voices Online
Area served
Official language
Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Aymara, Bangla, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Czech, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Farsi, French, Filipino, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Kurdish, Korean, Malagasy, Macedonian, Nubian, Odia, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Santali, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tetum, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Yorùbá
Parent organization
Global Voices Online

Origin of the ProjectEdit

Lingua began as a community-based initiative by Taiwanese blogger Portnoy Zheng,[8] who started translating Global Voices articles into Chinese as early as September, 2005.[9] This initial idea became a project of its own at the Global Voices Summit in December 2006, where it was given the name "Lingua".

The first official Lingua sites, launched by June 2007, were Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), Bangla, Farsi, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The project has since grown rapidly in size and scope. Global Voices is translated in all the top languages used on the internet but also include under-represent and indigenous languages, such as Aymara.[10] Translators apply via the Translation Application Form.[11]

Global Voices now is available in Albanian,[12] Amharic,[13] Arabic,[14] Aymara,[15] Bangla,[16] Bulgarian,[17] Burmese,[18] Catalan,[19] Czech,[20] Chinese[21] (Simplified), Chinese[22] (Traditional), Danish,[23] Dutch,[24] Esperanto,[25] Farsi,[26] French,[27] Filipino,[28] German,[29] Greek,[30] Hebrew,[31] Hindi,[32] Hungarian,[33] Igbo,[34] Indonesian,[35] Italian,[36] Japanese,[37] Kazakh,[38] Khmer,[39] Kurdish,[40] Korean,[41] Malagasy,[42] Macedonian,[43] Nubian,[44] Odia,[45] Pashto,[46] Polish,[47] Portuguese,[48] Punjabi,[49] Romanian,[50] Russian,[51] Santali,[52] Serbian,[53] Spanish,[54] Swahili,[55] Swedish,[56] Tetum,[57] Turkish,[58] Ukrainian,[59] Urdu,[60] Uzbek[61] and Yorùbá.[62]


Lingua has content-sharing/partnerships (formal and informal) with news sites and other online organizations, such as:

Lingua has also partnered with like minded organisations to provide translations. In August 2012, Lingua launched a collaborative effort to translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom[79] providing the text in 31 languages.


  1. ^ "Translation and Participatory Media: Experiences from Global Voices". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ "On Lingua and distributed translation". Jillian C. York. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  3. ^ "Global Voices · Complete List of Lingua Sites". Global Voices. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  4. ^ Solana Larsen, "Lingua: The Making of a Global Online Translation Project, Global Voices Online, Nov. 16, 2008.
  5. ^ Chris Salzberg, "Translation and Participatory Media: Experiences from Global Voices Archived 2010-04-21 at the Wayback Machine," Translation Journal, July 2008.
  6. ^ Ethan Zuckerman, "Language and translation on Global Voices," My heart's in Accra, December 16, 2006.
  7. ^ Leslie Berlin, "A Web That Speaks Your Language," The New York Times, May 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Portnoy Zheng: The blogger who inspired the world to talk together · Global Voices". February 10, 2008.
  9. ^ Paula Góes, "Portnoy Zheng: The blogger who inspired the world to talk together," Global Voices Online, February 10th, 2008.
  10. ^ "Global Voices Aymarata · Uraqpachat Medios ciudadano-mp lurat isturyanaka". Global Voices Aymarata. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  11. ^ "Global Voices · Become a Translator".
  12. ^ "Global Voices në Shqip · Artikuj nga mediat e qytetarëve nga e gjithë bota". Global Voices në Shqip (in Albanian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  13. ^ "Global Voices በአማርኛ · የዜጎች መገናኛ ብዙሐን ከዓለም ሕዝቦች". Global Voices በአማርኛ (in Amharic). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  14. ^ "Global Voices الأصوات العالمية · أخبار الصحافة الشعبية من كافة أنحاء العالم". Global Voices الأصوات العالمية (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  15. ^ "Global Voices Aymarata · Uraqpachat Medios ciudadano-mp lurat isturyanaka". Global Voices Aymarata. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  16. ^ "Global Voices বাংলা ভার্সন · সারা বিশ্ব থেকে নাগরিক গণমাধ্যমের গল্প". Global Voices বাংলা ভার্সন (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  17. ^ "Global Voices на български · Гражданска журналистика от цял свят". Global Voices на български (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  18. ^ "Global Voices မြန်မာ · ကမ္ဘာတစ်ဝန်းရှိ ပြည်သူများ၏ သတင်းများ". Global Voices မြန်မာ (in Burmese). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  19. ^ "Global Voices en Català · Històries dels mitjans ciutadans de tot el món". Global Voices en Català (in Catalan). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  20. ^ "Global Voices v češtině · Občanská žurnalistika z celého světa". Global Voices v češtině (in Czech). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  21. ^ "Global Voices 简体中文 · 來自世界各地的公民媒體報導". Global Voices 简体中文. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  22. ^ "Global Voices 繁體中文 · 來自世界各地的公民媒體報導". Global Voices 繁體中文. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  23. ^ "Global Voices på dansk · Borgermediehistorier fra hele verden". Global Voices på dansk (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  24. ^ "Global Voices in het Nederlands · Artikelen uit burgermedia van over de hele wereld". Global Voices in het Nederlands (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  25. ^ "Global Voices en Esperanto · Civitanaj amaskomunikilaj rakontoj el la tuta mondo". Global Voices en Esperanto (in Esperanto). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  26. ^ "Global Voices به فارسی · رسانه‌های مردمی از سرتاسر جهان". Global Voices به فارسی (in Persian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  27. ^ "Global Voices en Français · L'info du monde entier, par les blogs et réseaux sociaux". Global Voices en Français (in French). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  28. ^ "Global Voices sa Filipino". Global Voices sa Filipino. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  29. ^ "Global Voices auf Deutsch · Bürgermedien-Artikel aus aller Welt". Global Voices auf Deutsch (in German). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  30. ^ "Global Voices στα Ελληνικά · Ιστορίες πολιτών-δημοσιογράφων από όλο τον κόσμο". Global Voices στα Ελληνικά (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  31. ^ "Global Voices בעברית · תקשורת אזרחית מרחבי העולם". Global Voices בעברית (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  32. ^ "Global Voices हिन्दी में · पूरे विश्व से नागरिक मिडिया की कहानियाँ". Global Voices हिन्दी में (in Hindi). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  33. ^ "Global Voices Magyarul · Történetek a közösségi médiából a világ minden tájáról". Global Voices Magyarul (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  34. ^ "Global Voices n'asusu Igbo". Global Voices n'asusu Igbo (in Igbo). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  35. ^ "Global Voices dalam bahasa Indonesia · Kisah-kisah dari berbagai outlet jurnalisme warga di seluruh dunia". Global Voices dalam bahasa Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  36. ^ "Global Voices in Italiano · Post sui citizen media da ogni parte del mondo". Global Voices in Italiano (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  37. ^ "Global Voices 日本語 · 世界中の市民メディア発". Global Voices 日本語 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  38. ^ "Global Voices Қазақша қазақ · Бүкіл әлемнен азаматтық журналистика хикаялары". Global Voices Қазақша қазақ (in Kazakh). Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  39. ^ "Global Voices ជាភាសាខ្មែរ · សារព័ត៌មានរបស់អ្នកសារព័ត៌មានក្នុងមូលដ្ឋានមកពីជុំវិញពិភពលោក". Global Voices ជាភាសាខ្មែរ (in Khmer). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  40. ^ "Global Voices بەكوردی". Global Voices بەكوردی (in Kurdish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  41. ^ "Global Voices 한국어". Global Voices 한국어 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  42. ^ "Global Voices teny Malagasy · Tantara ifanakalozan'olontsotra avy amin'ny lafivalon'izao tontolo izao". Global Voices teny Malagasy (in Malagasy). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  43. ^ "Global Voices на македонски · Приказни од граѓански медиуми од целиот свет". Global Voices на македонски (in Macedonian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  44. ^ "Global Voices ⲃⲉ-ⲛογπίⲛ". Global Voices ⲃⲉ-ⲛογπίⲛ. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  45. ^ "ଓଡ଼ିଆରେ Global Voices · ସମଗ୍ର ଜଗତରୁ ନାଗରିକଙ୍କ କାହାଣୀମାନ". ଓଡ଼ିଆରେ Global Voices (in Odia). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  46. ^ "Global Voices پښتو کې · ښاري رسنۍ خبرونه د نړۍ له شاوخوا څخه". Global Voices پښتو کې (in Pashto). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  47. ^ "Global Voices po polsku · Artykuły z mediów obywatelskich z całego świata". Global Voices po polsku (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  48. ^ "Global Voices em Português · Notícias sobre mídia cidadã de todos os cantos do mundo". Global Voices em Português (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  49. ^ "Global Voices ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿੱਚ · ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਭਰ ਤੋਂ ਨਾਗਰਿਕ ਮੀਡੀਆ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ". Global Voices ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿੱਚ (in Punjabi). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  50. ^ "Global Voices în Română · Ştirile scrise de tine! Ştiri sociale din întreaga lume". Global Voices în Română (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  51. ^ "Global Voices по-русски · Истории гражданской журналистики со всего мира". Global Voices по-русски (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  52. ^ "Global Voices ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤᱛᱮ". Global Voices ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤᱛᱮ. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  53. ^ "Global Voices na srpskom · Tekstovi građanskih medija iz celog sveta". Global Voices na srpskom (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  54. ^ "Global Voices en Español · Historias de medios ciudadanos de todo el mundo". Global Voices en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  55. ^ "Global Voices in Swahili · Habari za uanahabari wa kiraia kutoka duniani kote". Global Voices in Swahili (in Swahili). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  56. ^ "Global Voices på svenska · Medborgarartiklar från hela världen". Global Voices på svenska (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  57. ^ "Global Voices Ho-Tetun · Publikasaun media sidadaun iha mundu". Global Voices Ho-Tetun. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  58. ^ "Global Voices Türkçe · Tüm dünyadan vatandaş haberleri". Global Voices Türkçe (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  59. ^ "Global Voices по-українськи · Історії громадських медіа з усього світу". Global Voices по-українськи (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  60. ^ "Global Voices اردو میں · دنیا بھر سے شہری میڈیا کہانیاں". Global Voices اردو میں (in Urdu). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
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