Getting Started as a Translator

This guide is for translators or reviewers who wants to translate the content of an existing project in Transifex. We will walk through the basic translation workflow along with elements in Transifex that you should pay attention to.

Some basic points that you should know before you get started. 

  •  Each company in Transifex is represented by an organization.
  • Each organization has projects containing all the files that hold the translatable content (phrases/strings).
  • Each project is translated by a team that belongs to the organization. Teams are comprised of translators, reviewers and coordinators, grouped by the language they work on, with Team Managers overseeing all the languages and members of a team. An organization can have many teams, but only one team can work on a project at a time.

Join Teams

As a translator, you need to join an existing organization that has projects to translate. It's important to note that you don’t need to create your own organization, you just need to join the project that you want to contribute to. 

There are two ways to join a project: via invitation, or directly just by searching for it on your own.

  • Via invitation. If someone else has invited you to join the team, you will receive a related email with the following content: 
Hi <your_username>, 

You have been added as a translator to the '<team's_name>' team of the '<Organization_name>' organization.
											The Transifex Robot

                                                                         Invitation Email

Except for the above email, a related notification will also be sent and will be available on your notifications page in Transifex. In order to check your notifications, click on your profile icon, which is displayed at the upper right corner of the page and from the drop-down menu, select **Notifications**. 

                                                       Unread Notifications

  • Search for existing project on your own.

In order to find public projects and help with the translations, you can visit our available Explore pages and browse or search for a project there. As soon as you find a project, click on it and you will be redirected to all of the supported languages for the project (Project's Overview page).

                                                                                      Explore Page

Please note that If the project is a private one, it won't be available in Transifex’s Explore page. Also, a private project cannot be accessed by a non-authorized user.  In such cases, an organization administrator or a team manager can only invite you as a translator/reviewer of a language of a team that translates the project. All you need to do is provide your username to the person who will invite you.  You can contact directly one of the administrators of a specific organization, by using Transifex’s messaging system. For example, iIn case of Transifex's organization, all the administrators can be found here.

Once you get to the Overview page of the project, a "Join Team" button will be available. 

                                                                                   Overview Page

So, click on it, choose a language from the "Available languages" drop-down-menu and click "Join" to request access. Please note that you won't be able to access and start translating content until your request is being approved by the manager of the team. Also, once your request is being submitted, you won't be able to re-submit the same request. 

                                                                            Join Team Request

After you have been approved as a translator, you’ll be notified by e-mail. From then on, you will see on the left side of your dashboard the projects that you can translate.

If you contribute to the translations of more than one projects that belong to different organizations in Transifex, you can easily switch from one organization to another by clicking on the desired one in the following drop-down menu.

                                     Switch Organization

Translate content

Once you have been invited to a project or approved as a translator, you will be able to start translating content. 

  • Select a project from the left menu and click "Translate" in order to enter the Editor page. 

  •  Choose the language you want to translate into and then the resource you want to translate.

Finally, you can start translating!