[Precious Plastic] Translating our content
Hello dear members!
This topic is for everyone that wants to help us out translating our content. (download kit/videos/website) We love that! But to be honest we haven’t find a proper way to do this yet and haven’t really got the time to get involved. So this topic is to bring everyone together, maybe some of you have some great ideas or want to get started on something.
In the end the more languages we have the more people it reaches!
Good luck and thanks for helping out!
Hi Dave! Thanks for replying so quickly.
Well, first of all I think the platform of this page allow you to create other-language displays, so our work (as translators) would be just translate every piece of the page and send them to you in order to start creating and completing that other language option for the people. In my case I’m interested now in helping you with the Precious Plastic project, so, if you agree I can start with the texts, putting every English text in front of the respective Spanish translation. What do you think? We can even use “Google Sheets” on “Google Drive” (or something similar) in order to let other people participate with translations at the same time without repeating things.
Hello Dave & Cie, nice to meet you all 🙂
Thanks for your answer. As I told Dave, I am French and I translate from English and Spanish into French. And I can subtitle video.
First of all, if we are several translators working on this project, I think it is necessary to create rules and a methodology in order to have a coherent result.
The idea of Google sheets is good: we can create a terminology file to be sure everybody is going to use the same terms. It can also be useful to ask questions if we are not sure about a translation or to share dictionaries and sources.
Then, we have to be sure of who is doing what so we don’t translate the same thing twice. Maybe we can create a file with each content and the name of the translator? If we are several translators of the same language, it’s great because this way we can also instaure a revision process and reach a better quality.
To subtitle video I’m using a free subtitling software (Subtitle Edit). To save time, we can create a subtitle file for each video and then copy it and fill in with the translation in each language. To subtitle with this software, you just need the video file and then you create a subtitle file within the software (file .srt).
As for the website, there is two way: as someone said before, we can translate the content and sent it to you, Dave. And you would be the one in charge of create multilingual articles. Do you know if this is posible with your website?
The other possibility is that you give us access to the website so we can edit the articles by ourselves. But this is more difficult and risky if we are several of us.
That it for now 🙂 Wait for more ideas.
@davehakkens Actually, I wouldn’t know how to modify the website through this Github platform. I could help just with the translations of the different texts you have in the page, so… you are the boss here, so let us know how we can start doing this job.
By now I just started doing an Excel file with the different sections of he webpage, in order to have a kind of “map” of what we need to do. Tomorrow I can upload it to Drive and put here the link to it.
Let us know what do you think.
Yay! finally this topic is up!
Yes, English is global, but if we can translate this PP to any other languages it’ll be awesome!
“you can simply spread it around
make sure it
reaches your friends, uncle, neighbor
but also that farmer living
somewhere in the middle of Africa.”
i wana be part of it!Toggle replies
Sorry! I forgot to paste the link. Here you are: https://davehakkens.nl/community/forums/topic/precious-plastic-subtitles/Toggle replies
Hey guys, I’ve just created this Google Drive Folder with an Excel file to organise ourselves. There are also, the original Kit documents (in the english folder [00 ENG]) and others languages folders I created to start working.
This is your folder and of all the other people who want to help, so please feel free to use it.
I tried to do it in the best way, but if you have other suggestions we can modify the structure and orgnanisation I’m proposing.
For the website, the first step is to make it translatable. We can use https://github.com/liamzebedee/jekyll-i18n for that. Then translating is just a matter of editing a text file. I can explain once I set it up. In the meantime you can use the googledocs.
It would be easier if everybody has a github account.
The google drive is nice to know who is doing what, but we can also use github issues for this.
@davehakken I would be nice to have the original files with which you generated the pdf. Easier to translate directly into the file.
@mariel-2 yes I am french but I wanted to translate the content into Chinese first. I can review what you wrote though 🙂Toggle replies
Thanks Silvain! I will start translating right now (to Spanish), using the table (it’s editable by everybody, btw). I have a question, once we change to github is it possible also to know when a file has not been checked by a second person?
I will wait for the instructions to use github; last time I entered the site but didn’t know where to go or what to do 😛
I am an ecologist and Spanish-English translator. Congrats on fabulous work with Precious Plastics! I am happy to help with the translation into Spanish for the site. Will try to get familiarized with GitHub soon. Meanwhile, please take a look at the dubbed version of two of the videos. Another translator/announcer friend of mine made these.
Collect your material
Please get in touch with me if this is something you would be interested in doing for the rest of the videos. We realize this is a low budget personal project, and we think it’s a fantastic one at that, but we aren’t currently in an economic position to dedicate a lot of time to translating and dubbing the rest of the videos for free. We certainly wish we were. Personally, I will dedicate some time to the communal effort of translating the website and pdfs as per my availability.
Good work Giselle! Please join the Google Drive Folder I created to put your name in the corresponding cells, in order to know which videos have been already translated. And of course, if you want to translate other things (website or pdfs), also put your name; in this way we won’t do the same translations.
Alan (Eng-to-Spa translator)
Hi @kathastrofica! I created this link to stay organised; there is an Excel file and also some folders for other languages. Please, feel free to open and modify the excel by putting your name in the cells of the files you want to help with.
If you have some doubts please tell me. By now we can work on Drive to go forward, while the other guys tell us how to proceed with GitHub.
If we edit simple text files, like we will do. You can edit your file on your side, I can edit the same file on my side. Github will be able to join files automatically. Pick up the changes you made and the changes I made and merge them into a single file.
I am working on moving to a translatable website but I am having a little trouble.Toggle replies
@sylvainv Thanks Sylvain! I’m not sure I understood everything but I’m going to check github as well. I’ll tell you when I translated some file in French so you can have a look. I also would like to make a comment about you translating into Chinese. I am a profesional translator and normally, we are supposed to translate into our mother tongue (to have a better and more natural result). Maybe you’re binational? Anyway, you will know if you’re able to do it or not 🙂 As a translator, I just feel like I must give this advice 😉Toggle replies
I also feel screwed by the AutoCAD stuff. It’s backwards to use expensive closed software for open projects. On top of that, I use GNU/Linux, So AutoCad isn’t even and option if I would have the money.
What about FreeCAD? Is that good enough to work with?
Can the AutoCAD designs perhaps be converted into a format that has more respect for human beings?
Mabye you could do a few posts on the FreeCAD forum? That may draw in more people who can help with this.Toggle replies
since this website is made in wordpress, Dave could use a plug-in that is made by google, and this way the site will be translated in 99 languages
Have a look, it works great, seen it
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