Now you can help translate Facebook into any language

For months, volunteer translators around the world have been using Facebook’s innovative Translations application to translate all 24,000 phrases on Facebook into Spanish, German, and French. Now, Facebook has opened up the Translation application to everyone in order to translate Facebook into every major language on earth.

Facebook Translations Application

How does it work?

1. Add the Translations app and choose your language. (Currently, there are translation projects going on in English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Euskara, Galego, Italiano, 한국어, Magyar, Norsk, 日本語, Nederlands, Polski, Português do Brasil, Română, Русский, Slovenščina, Suomi, Svenska, ภาษาไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體).)

2. Turn on in-line editing. This will highlight every word on Facebook that needs translating. You can click on each phrase and vote on translations submitted by others or submit a new translation yourself.

3. Browse the translations directory to view and translate more phrases. You can browse and vote on any of the 24,000 phrases. Facebook’s top translators have had thousands of translations accepted!

This is one of the most elegant approaches to localization I’ve seen, making it easy for everyone to contribute, if even only a word or two. Nice job, Facebook Translations team!

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73 Responses to “Now you can help translate Facebook into any language”

  1. Matt says:

    It’s a nice idea although it doesn’t work very well. They should just pay a few professional translators – after the big payout from Microsoft they must have the money, and it would be much quicker and of better quality. I used the Spanish version when it launched for about a month, but switched back to English because there were SO MANY errors. Guys being referred to as girls and vice versa, singular forms used when the subject was plural or even a mixture of both in one sentence. Sometimes the errors would change from day to day, but they wouldn’t be replaced by a correct translation, just new errors. Also sometimes I saw random formatting instructions in English eg: instead of displaying the date once it said ” dates in Spanish are not displayed like this please see style guide for more information” or something like that.

  2. pierrot says:

    The idea of freelance translators is not bad, even for multimillionaire company like fb.
    When they allowed my language – bulgarian, to be translate, i`ll do my best. There can`t be any mistakes, but they`ll disappear. Voting for some translation from other person in same country will give more quality i think…

  3. תרגום באופן דמוקרטי says:

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  4. قەيسەر says:

    Why is there no other language here like Uyghur?
    Can we translate the facebook to Uyghur ??

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  7. sharon.kamau says:

    please translate my facebook back to enlish

  8. junior esegine says:

    please translate my face book back to english.

    thanks

  9. Tilek says:

    Not *any* language at all. Almost year after the post there are still only 103 out of around 6,000 languages in the world are on the list. :)

    For example, Kyrgyz, official language of Kyrgyzstan (population 6 mln people) is not on the list. Quite disappointing for me personally.

    Google, for example, has 117 interface languages (112 real + 5 fun languages).

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  11. AMREEN says:

    TRANSLATE MY FACEBOOK TO ENGLISH

  12. shawn ethan says:

    please translate my facebook back to english

  13. atieno says:

    i need my facebook in english only please..help.

  14. mar says:

    why the h*&ll is my facebook suddenly in arabic???

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  16. mark ogah says:

    please change my facsbook language from arabic to english,i cnt do it my self cos i dnt understand arabic.please i need it in english

  17. Rosemary Mwanza says:

    My facebook page is in dutch. Please convert it to English

  18. SH Johnston says:

    stuck in Japanese Help!

  19. Nic says:

    My facebook is STUCK in Japanese and will not go back to English even after I click ENGLISH at the bottom?

    WTF? Over.

  20. christie says:

    please translate my facebook back to english.i cant understand any language, only english and tagalog.

  21. ann says:

    pls. translate 2 english my facebook

  22. mpho says:

    translate my facebook to ENGLISH,South african english please

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  30. kerry says:

    well it looks like im not the only one that has had problems, by trying to help the facebook team it looks like youve changed all my facebook to spanish now, and im english so could you please change it back, i was trying to help you with translation process, why cant you make it plain and simple instead of no real guidelines as to what im just about to do to myself. Cheers

  31. Kerry James says:

    I would like help to translate my facebook back to english, seeing as your translation ideas are as clear as mud, one click now im screwed, why cant you put clearer points like”you are just about to change your facebook to spanish, do you still wish to proceed?”

  32. jwtear says:

    hi all
    i want to translate facebook to my language (kurdish) how i can do that?

    thanks.

  33. Shirley says:

    Can you please translate my facebook back to
    English instead of germany

  34. melody says:

    PLEASE PUT BACK MY FACEBOOK INTO ORIGINAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION I CANT UNDERSTAND ARABIC…

  35. Mexhid Yvejsi says:

    TRANSLATE MY FACEBOOK TO ENGLISH

  36. mona amer says:

    please transalate my face book to english

  37. mateo says:

    prevedi mi facebook na hrvatski-translate my facebook on croatian pleas.

  38. loribel zapanta says:

    traslate facebook to english

  39. Ion says:

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  40. NAVAJYOTI SUBEDI says:

    Facebook is wrongly translated in NEPALI. Please don’t mess with my mothertongue!
    Or, let me take part in translation!

  41. Ripan Chowdhury says:

    Few months back, very sorry to say, I mistakenly add my email account with my another facebook test account, and so, I lost my original fb account (though in the meantime, I got back all my friends, Group & page ADMIN Roles by contacting with facebook team).

    BUT unfortunately my fb account (with same email account: ripanchy@yahoo.com) which was positioned 10th/11th in Facebook Bangla translation, is no more showing in the leaderboard list.

    You can check your database about my translations.

    Since I worked hard to translate facebook to bangla, I would request you to bring back my position in leaderboard again.

    Pls
    PLs
    PLS

  42. efram assefa says:

    i want my profil facebook english

  43. THERESA says:

    I need english back what can I do???????

  44. betty mericle says:

    please help me. ineed facebook in english. not esponal

  45. Taiwo Hassan says:

    Please please help me translate my facebook back to english from Arabic.i read english not Arabic.i was unable to get into my facebook since last year,please tell me how i can get it back please!

  46. armanbelizon says:

    pls. help me to change english from arabic of my facebook account. thanks

  47. Mary Ann says:

    pls. help me, i need english not Norwegian….

  48. Eng Siewmeng says:

    please help me translate my facebook in homepage back to english from Hrvatski.i can’t read.
    how to get back !!

  49. nyree biro says:

    how do i get english us on facebook . some how i got dutch , nthank you

  50. ellie says:

    i want my page in latin

  51. sam agura says:

    please translate my facebook to english cos i dont understand chinese (traditional han)…please

  52. carmela jardin says:

    please transfer my facebook in english permanently coz i dont understand arabic

  53. mugabi twaha says:

    plz translate my facebook page into english permanantely i dont understand arabic

  54. osama says:

    i want change my facebook langugage

  55. herbert mugarura says:

    pliz have my face book back to english permanently because idont understand arabic

  56. Drew says:

    You should check out the new social translate tool: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/giljlmclogpacbccpelmggfcjnickhhf

  57. josinchu says:

    thank a lot for you

  58. prudencio baybayon says:

    pls translate my facebook to english i’cant understand arabic

  59. sue salisbury says:

    thank-you for helping me join facebook translation

  60. lina yared says:

    plise translate my facebook page to english

  61. assil said says:

    salam please i want participate in translate facebook but when i click it’s display an error .so what i can do to add this translate

  62. Brwa Kurdistani says:

    hi..
    please tell me or allow me to translate facebook into Kurdish Language ..what i have to do ? please i need answer

  63. leo panganoron says:

    hi…
    please allow me to tanslet facebook into english,
    pls. i need answer

  64. heba wahid says:

    i want translate arbic to ital

  65. tamil says:

    pleas transulat in english to

  66. david says:

    Please Translate all my Pacebook back to Enlish .

  67. moe says:

    translate my facebook to english please

  68. esther levy de loya says:

    esther levy de loya says
    translate my facebook to english please

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  70. Jonathan P Ramos says:

    my facebook stuck on korean language,plaese bring it back to english.

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