Wikipedia:Translate us

This page is a guide for anyone, but particularly new volunteers, willing to help translate articles from the English Wikipedia into other languages.

Welcome to WikipediaEdit


Anyone is welcome to reuse the content of Wikipedia, anywhere, provided proper attribution is given. However we're particularly keen, where articles exist on the English Wikipedia but not on another of the 304 List of Wikipedias, for volunteers to translate English articles to fill the gaps.

Before you startEdit

Before you start translating articles, please take time to familiarise yourself with the basics of how to edit Wikipedia. In particular, please note the five pillars, or principles, which guide how we work.

Every language's Wikipedia has its own guidelines concerning inclusion, content, sourcing, etc. Any article you create on another Wikipedia following the steps below is equally subject to those guidelines as any article created on that Wikipedia from scratch. Be sure, therefore, that you are familiar with the destination Wikipedia's guidelines and that your translated article conforms to them.

Here's how you can helpEdit

  1. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (not mandatory, but very useful).
  2. Find a suitable article which exists on the English Wikipedia, but not on the Wikipedia in the other language (or where the other language only has a stub).
  3. Translate the English article into the new language. You can do this in a text editor or word processor. Please do not simply use an automated translation tool like Google Translate.
  4. On the other Wikipedia, go to the corresponding page or enter the wanted name in the search box. Then click the button marked "create" or "edit" in the new language. If you are not logged in to an account then some languages have no option to create an article directly. In that case, try looking for the language to the left of Wikipedia:Article wizard, or create an account, or ask for help at the other Wikipedia.
  5. Paste your translation in the target page. Don't worry too much about formatting at this stage.
  6. Save the page, including an edit summary providing mandatory copyright attribution stating what you're about to do and that the text was translated from the English Wikipedia. You must provide an interlanguage link to the source article by name, to give credit to the original writers. We suggest text for the edit summary like:
    Content in this edit is from the existing English Wikipedia article at [[:en:Exact name of English article]]; see its history for attribution. Formatting follows..
  7. Go to the sidebar and click "Add links" or "Edit links" (under 'Languages', in the language of that wiki). Enter "en" as the language of the wiki you got the content from, and the title of the page you translated, then click "Link with page".
  8. If appropriate, edit again, tidy up the layout, and add links, headings and images. If you want to add templates, do that, too. (Note that templates for such items as Infoboxes have different wording in other language Wikipedias, and can't simply be copied from one Wikipedia to another. Check the list of available templates on the Wikipedia into which you are translating.)
  9. Save again, including a suitable edit summary.
  10. Check and correct as necessary.

Thank you!

Classroom collaborationsEdit

Wikipedia welcomes the involvement of students in article editing. Article translation is particularly well-suited to student involvement. We suggest that they are asked to translate from the language they are learning, to the language with which they are already familiar.

Such efforts provide useful, real-world translation experience for students, who will be motivated by the fact that their work will be seen by thousands of Wikipedia readers. This also benefits Wikipedia readers, who gain access to information about other cultures and peoples. For assistance setting up a classroom translation project, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Classroom coordination and Wikipedia:School and university projects.


{{User Translator 2}} may be used to indicate your willingness to translate/proofread and your participation in this project:

{{User Translator 2|es}} produces:
 This user is a translator from English to Spanish on Wikipedia:Translate us.
{{User Translator 2|hi|proofreader=yes}} produces:
 This user is a translator and proofreader from English to Hindi on Wikipedia:Translate us.
{{User Translator 2|ar|project=no}} produces:
 This user likes to translate articles from English to Arabic.
{{User Translator 2|de|proofreader=yes|project=no}} produces:
 This user likes to translate and proofread articles from English to German.

After putting this template on a userpage, the page will be added to the appropriate subcategory of Category:Available translators in Wikipedia. When the proofreader attribute is set to 'yes', the page will also be added to a subcategory of Category:Available proofreaders in Wikipedia.

See alsoEdit

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