Wikipedia:Translate us

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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 Wikipedia[edit]


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 300+ Wikipedias in other languages, for volunteers to translate English articles to fill the gaps.

Before you start[edit]

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 help[edit]

  1. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (not mandatory, but very useful).

Content translation tool[edit]

  1. The Wikipedia:Content translation tool can be used to assist with translation of English Wikipedia articles (and other pages) into other language Wikipedias, that have no corresponding article for the same topic. Mere machine translations, without substantial modification are highly undesirable. For that reason you must have a reasonable level of fluency, so that you can make appropriate changes to the tool's automated output.
  2. To check whether an English Wikipedia article you are viewing has an existing page in another language Wikipedia, look to see whether the desired language is linked under the "Languages" section of the page's left-hand sidebar. Note that though the lack of a language link normally means no article exists, occasionally pages may actually exist but that have not yet been properly linked. If that is found, please help add the link by following these instructions.
  3. If appropriate, please tidy up the layout of any pages you translate. Please note that some non-prose elements of pages, such as templates like Infoboxes, may be placed using different wording in other languages Wikipedias, and so at times cannot simply be copied from one Wikipedia to another (when that is encountered, fix the template name; delete and/or add suitable parameters, etc.). It may be appropriate to check the list of available templates on the Wikipedia into which you are translating, and, if necessary, to help improve the translation of the template using TemplateData.
Go to Content Translation Tool


  1. Find a suitable article that exists on the English Wikipedia, but not on Wikipedia in the other language (or where the other language only has a stub).
  2. 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.
  3. Paste your translation on the target page. Don't worry too much about formatting at this stage.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. 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 languages Wikipedias, and can't simply be copied from one Wikipedia to another. Check the list of available templates on Wikipedia into which you are translating. If necessary, help to improve the translation of the template using TemplateData.)
  7. Save again, including a suitable edit summary.
  8. Check and correct as necessary.

Thank you!

Classroom collaborations[edit]

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 user page, 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.

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