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Welcome to Content Translation!

Content Translation is a tool that helps editors to translate pages between languages. It helps translators to focus on typing the translation text instead of thinking about manual formatting, categories, links, images, etc.

En neuje Wikki_Sigg aanlähje opjrond vun ene Sigg, di_j_et alld_en ene anndere Schprohch jitt bruch der Deens vun automattesche Övversäzonge, Wööterböhscher, mer moß Täx ömfommetehre, Lengks un fohnuhte aanpaße, un ene johde Deijl zwesche Finstere Hen- un Heerhöppe. De Content Translation määd_et eijnfacher, övversaz Sigge aanzelähje. Derbei wehd de Övversäzong nävve em Ojinahl aanjezeisch, un woh müjjelesch, wähde esu en Aandeijle wi de Fommatehrong, de Lengks, de Saachjroppe un de Fohßnuhte automattesch ennjeföhsch. Content Translation simplifies of creating translated pages by showing the translation right next to the original page, and when possible, inserting automatically details such as formatting, links, categories, and references.

De Content Translation es obb_et Aanlähje vun de ehtste Väsjohn vun en ovversaz Sigg ußjerescht. Wann et Di jitt, kann se wi jehde anndere Sigg em Wikki beärbeidt un verändert wä

First of all, consider some non-technical tips about translating articles.

Do not rely on machine translation alone! It can make mistakes, even in languages that are supported well. Always read everything that you write and correct the mistakes that machine translation makes before publishing. If you publish the article without correcting them, it is likely that your translation will be deleted.

Translate only if you are confident that you can write in the language into which you are translating.

If there is a page in your wiki about translating articles, read this page before you start translating. It will have more tips and policies that are special to your wiki. In the English Wikipedia, this page is w:Wikipedia:Translation (check the interlanguage links on that page to find the corresponding pages in other languages).

If you can write in the language into which you are translating, but you think that you don't write it perfectly, ask your friends who know this language or other editors who write in this wiki for help. Talking to your friends about choosing the right or improving your grammar is fun!

Read the whole article in the source language before you start to translate. This is important for several reasons. First, it's quite possible that it is not perfect! There may be mistakes in all articles and in all languages. Besides, knowing and understanding the whole story of the article's topic, whether it's a biography of a person, a history of a city, a description of a natural phenomenon, or anything else will help you with writing every sentence of the translation.

If you see that there are some problems in the source article, and you can to write in the source languages, be bold and edit the source article before starting the translation. Changing the source article after the translation began may interfere with the translation process.

Do your best to check that the references in the source article are correct and relevant (references are also known as sources or footnotes). Read the book, check the linked website, etc. If you aren't sure that the reference is correct and relevant, consider skipping the part of the article where the reference is used, because it may be incorrect.

It's OK to skip some parts of the source article especially if they are not very interesting for the people who will read it in the target language. For example:

  • Some encyclopedic articles in English may have a section that explains the etymology of the English word in the title of the article, for example the article Chef.

If this word is completely different in your language, translation this section is probably unnecessary, unless you think that the etymology of the English word "chef" is interesting to the readers in your language.

  • Some Wikipedia articles about musicians include a section about their concerts in the country where this language is spoken.

When translating this into languages that are spoken in other countries, this section can probably be skipped.

Machine translation

In Content Translation, automatic translation is available for a limited number of languages through several machine translation services. Currently, depending on the language in which the article is translating, users will be able to use Apertium, Matxin, Google, Yandex, and Youdao translation engines.

However, automatic translation is a feature that the user can choose to use. They can select the service to use, from a dropdown list, and their preference will be remembered. Users can also choose to not use machine translation, by using the ‘Kein maschenälle Övversäzong bruche’ option.

Publishing machine-translated articles is not the intention of Content Translation, and it is actively discouraged to publish articles without modification and review. Users are shown warnings if they try to publish unmodified content.

De ContentTranslation ennschallde

At the moment Content Translation is a beta feature. To use it you need to enable the feature in your beta preferences. To do this, log in to your account, click Zom ußprobeere at the top of the page, check Et Wärkzüsch zom Enhalltssigge Övversäze ContentTranslation, and click Save, at the bottom of the page.

Content Translation beta feature.


The dashboard is the main entry point to the translation interface.

Getting to the dashboard

There are four ways to get to the dashboard:

First way: hover your mouse pointer over the "Beijdrähsch" item in your personal menu at the top of the screen. In the menu that appears, click on "Övversäzonge".

The menu that appears when you hover your Muuß övver de „Beijdrähsch“ link

Klegg op „Beijdrähsch“, un dann klegg op dä Knopp „Övversäzong“ bovve op dä Sigg.

The buttons that Content Translation adds to the top of the Contributions page

Drettens, fengk de Sigg, di De övversäze wells em Wikki en dä Quälle_Schprohch, un klek op de Zihl_Schprohch onger der Schprohche_Lengks doh. Dat jeihd ävver blohß, wann et Övversäzongs_Wärkzüsch em Quälle_Wikki ennjereeschd es, un wann De doh dat och för Desch en Dinge Enschtällonge freijejovve häs.

En Sigg övver „Praia de Jericoacoara“ jidd_et en dä Wikkpehdija op Pochtojiehsesch un op Änglesch, ävver nidd en Schpahnesch. Dann küdd ene jroue Lengk op di Schprohch Schpahnesch en de Schprohchelengks vun dä Sigg, wann et Wikki weijß, dat mer op Schpahnesch övversäze künnt.

Als vehtes kam_mer aam Ängk och „Special:CX“ udder „Special:ContentTranslation“ en dat Käßje zem Söhke em eije Wikki endrahre, un op dä Knopp donävve klecke.

The Content Translation dashboard

En Övversäzong bejenne

The selector of source and target languages and the source article
  1. Kleck op dä „Donn en neu Övversäzong bejenne“-Knopp.
  2. Select the source language, then type the name of the page that you want to translate.
  3. Select the target language, then type the name of the translated page that you are creating. If the name will be the same in both languages, you can leave this field blank.
  4. Klek op „$starttranslation“, öm loßzelähje.

Translation interface


  • Wann müjjelesch, wähde Saachjroppe automattesch övvernmumme un aanjepaß. Dat flupp, wam_mer en zopaß Saachjrobb em Wikki vun de Zihl_Schprohch han, di övver ene Engewikkilengk met dä Sachjrobb em Quälle_Wikki verbonge es.
  • Wann en Maschihne_Övversäzong för das Schprohchepaar müjjelesch es, dann weed dä Afschnett automattech övversaz, wam_mer drop klek. Maschihne_Övversäzonge sin nimmohls päfäkk, un mer moß se alldomohle övverärbeijde, ih dat mer se öffentlesch maache kann.
  • Wann kein Maschihne_Övversäzong veföhschbaa es, dann kritt mes bloß de Quälle_Schprohch ennjesaz, un de Lenks whlde automattesch aanjepaß.
  • Images can be adapted simply by clicking on them. You will have to type the translation for the image captions (captions will be machine-translated if machine translation is available).
  • De Fohßnuhte wäde automattesch övvernumme un aanjpaß, ävver et künnt sin, dat mer se noch jädd op dä Schtihl vum Zihl_Wikki ömschtälle moß. Esu jät kam_mer och eez noh em veröffentleche donn.
  • Math formulas are transferred as-is.

De Övversäzong schrihve un öffentlesch maache

The Content Translation interface. Translating the article Antônio Houaiss from Portuguese to Spanish.
  1. Type the translation of each paragraph in the translation column. You don't have to translate all the paragraphs - translate as much as needed for the wiki in your language.
  2. Until you publish, the translation is regularly saved automatically, so you don't have to worry that you'll lose it. To come back to a page that you started translating, go back to the dashboard and select the page from the list that you'll see.
  3. Wann alles jeschrevve es, wat för en eezde Väsjohn jewönsch es, klek mer op „De Översäzong öffentlesch maache“.

Wigge övversäze

If you started translations to any language, they will appear in the dashboard. You can continue a translation by clicking on the item in the list.

You can also see a list of translations that you published by going to the dashboard and selecting "Veröffentleschte Övversäzonge" instead of "Övversäzonge en Ärbeid".

Deleting a translation

If you don't want to continue a translation that you started, or if you published a translation and you still see it in the dashboard, you can delete it. Click the trash can button in the corner of the row:

The dashboard row with the name of the article, and the trash can button in the right-hand corner

Translating templates

When there are templates in the article, you can skip them, transfer their wiki syntax to the target article as-is, or translate them in detail, parameter-by-parameter. For a detailed guide to translating templates and making them more easily translatable, see the page Content translation/Templates.