When it comes to languages, people like to be able to read stuff in their own language. We, as a game developement company, should take that into account. But how can we do that? Here are some tips to get the best possible (free) translations for your game.
- Pay: Probably the best way, but also the most expensive, is to just find a translator that will translate your text in multiple languages. This blog will focus more on alternative manners so if you have the funds, Google is your friend!
- Ask friends: Obviously the best way to get a free translation is to ask friends from the country you need the translation from. Just make a nice editable document and mail them or use something online like Google Docs. This way they can just fill in the blanks.
- Ask fans: You can ask your fans to translate the game for you. You should consider if this is viable for your project, it has effect on your presentation both as game and as a company. Some may find it unprofessional.
- Use online resources: There are also some online resources to be found. Some guys created an online collection of the most common used text in games. You can also look for small lists of most used words for holidays. This is often made in a theme based fashion so just look up the theme you need for your game. Another example of common used phrases translated in a lot of languages: http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/
- Google Translate: Do not freak out just now, we know this is not the best option, however you can use it as a last resort. The key with translation engines like this is that your native sentence should be absolutely grammatical correct. Sometimes you should just rewrite your sentence in full to get the best result. Another tip is to write the sentence in two languages and check if the result is the same. Most people speak at least 2 langauge almost fluently so this should really be done if you use Google translate. Also, try to translate the resulting phrase back to your language, if it is correct, it should translate correctly back, otherwise something is wrong with the translation.
- Check other games: You can check other games to see what they have as translations. You can also try this by searching on google images for the game with the needed language.
- Use Wiki: If you need names for weapons and such, a lot of the translation can be found by using Wiki and just swap languages. An example: Sword. Just look at the left bottom of the wiki page and you find a big list of languages that you can use! Also a lot of different other translation can be found this way, for example the bronze age.
- Use Android!: Last but not least, you can easily set your android phone to a different language. The whole GUI is then translated. If you need words or phrases, just remember where you have encountered it and start translating!
If you ask your friends you should probably first use some of the other options so that the translation document is already filled up with all the parts you could find. This way the burden for the translator is as low as possible so that in the future they are more likely to do it again
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