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New Languages at LingQ: A Public Project

April 10 at 05:29

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pRD-zPmgzCcBlkUhXZf6lS6ZVthkHh3pRRe8kDXU4_E/edit?usp=sharing

LingQ requires its 60 mini-stories to be translated and recorded in order to add a new beta language. Volunteers interested in working towards LingQ adding their language face a potentially off-putting amount of work, as well as the possibility of duplicating work done by other volunteers that they are unaware of.

In order to help facilitate the process of creating content for new and currently unsupported languages, and to hopefully attract more volunteers, I have created a public workspace. This workspace creates a more central, collaborative environment that allows anyone with ability to drop in and contribute as much or as little as they wish.

When you click on the link, you will arrive at a public Google spreadsheet that has a list of languages that are in need of work. On this "homepage" you can also add a language that you're interested in (under "Requested Languages") if it is not already present. Clicking on one of the languages in blue will take you to a workspace for that language. From there, clicking on "Home" will take you back to the main page.

For each language, I have created three columns. The first column on the left is for an initial translation of a mini-story. The second column is for an edited, final version of the text. The third column is for the audio recording of the edited text. Any other questions, comments, resources, or anything related to the project can be added in the space to the right.

I believe that it is less overwhelming for a volunteer to correctly edit a translation already in place, than it is to write one from scratch. (Edit: It is also less expensive to get someone to edit than to translate from scratch)

The space will continue to be updated to include more content, and hopefully better organization and appearance in due course. I'm open to suggestions for improving on this idea. It is very much a work in progress. Hopefully it will be useful.

Feel free to add any content whatsoever for unsupported languages. Learners will absolutely love having that "early access" while waiting on LingQ to make it official.

*Please note that this is a LingQ-community project, not an official LingQ-company project.*

If you have any ideas on how to improve this project, please comment below!

Help if you can! Writing corrections and audio recordings are needed!

The following languages have all needed stories ready to be corrected and recorded:

Afrikaans

Albanian

Bengali

Danish*

Finnish*

Galician

Haitian Creole

Hmong

Inuktitut

Irish

Kurdish (Kurmanji)

Malay

Maltese

Norwegian*

Slovak*

Somali

Tamil

Zulu

Happy LingQing!

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