Wikipedia:Translation


Many articles in English Wikipedia have been added or expanded by translating information from articles from foreign-language Wikipedias. This page discusses the methods, considerations and templates for translating those articles or requesting such.

Requesting a translation from a foreign language to English


Requesting a translation from a foreign-language Wikipedia into English is easy.

  • If the English article already exists (but a translation would be useful because the article in the foreign language is of higher quality, or includes additional information):
  • If the English article does not yet exist:
    • you can:
      • create a starter article (at least a stub) in English, using the process described at Your first article;
      • once you have created the article, tag it with a translation template, as mentioned above.
    • or
      • add a page request red link in the Requested articles Project section with the proposed title of the article which will contain the translation adding an interwiki link to the foreign-language Wikipedia page(s). Note that fewer people will likely see a request created using this method.
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In all cases, articles must meet the relevant notability criteria and other guidelines applicable to articles on the English-language Wikipedia. Each Wikipedia has its own standards, and the acceptance of an article's topic or of any part of its content in one language is no guarantee that it will be accepted in another.

Note that this page is not for requesting translations of copyrighted sources outside Wikipedia. It is also not for articles currently in English Wikipedia that are not in English. For that, please see Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into English.

Articles needing translation


  • Category:Articles needing translation from foreign-language Wikipedias contains all articles that have been tagged to suggest that they be expanded with content from another language's Wikipedia translated into English. Browse the appropriate language category to find an article you are interested in.
  • Tools like this one can locate articles that may need translation by finding foreign-language articles with no interwiki link to English, but interwiki links to several other languages.

License requirements


A translation is a derivative work. Wikipedia articles are under a copyleft license that requires attribution to the original source and authors in all derivative works. How to do this is described on Translating from other language Wikimedia projects.

How to translate from a foreign language into English


For help on how to translate an article see Help:Translation

Translation from English to another language


Translations of an article on English Wikipedia into some other language are covered at Wikipedia:Translate us.

Other languages


For translations between two non-English languages, see the versions of this page in one or other of those languages – each Wikipedia has its own standards and conventions for such translations.

Classroom collaborations


Wikipedia welcomes the involvement of students in article editing. Article translation is particularly well-suited to student involvement. 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. They also benefit Wikipedia readers, who gain access to information about other cultures and peoples. For assistance setting up a classroom translation project, please see Wikipedia:Student assignments.

Userboxes


{{User Translator}} indicates your willingness to participate in this project through translation, copy editing, or other ways.

{{User Translator|es}} produces:

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This user is a translator from español to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
{{User Translator|hi|proofreader=yes}} produces:

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This user is a translator and proofreader from Hindi to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
{{User Translator|ar|project=no}} produces:

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This user likes to translate articles from Arabic to English.
{{User Translator|de|proofreader=yes|project=no}} produces:

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This user likes to translate and proofread articles from German to English.
{{User Translator|sd|project=no}} produces:

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This user likes to translate articles from Sindhi to English.
{{User Translator|sd|proofreader=yes|project=no}} produces:

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This user likes to translate and proofread articles from Sindhi to English.

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.

{{User Translator 2}} works in the same way in the other direction (from English to another language).

See also