How to Translate a wikiHow Article

While the English site remains the biggest site thus far, wikiHow is growing in international arenas, too. wikiHow is also offered in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Czech, Arabic and Indonesian. If you are completely fluent in both languages that you want to translate from and to, here are some hints for translating articles.


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    Decide if you're equipped and willing to translate an article. Please avoid the urge to use a free/automatic translation service, since these do not provide the kind of quality and accuracy necessary to really help readers achieve the given task.
    • There are not enough active community members on other languages at the moment to help improve articles the way we do on the English site, so articles with low quality translations can, unfortunately, end up being unhelpful to wikiHow's mission.
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    Find the article you want to translate. If the article is one you've created yourself in English (or another language), that's easy; if not, search for an article in a category where you have complete knowledge of all the terminology in both languages.
    • Become familiar with the Writer's Guide, formatting guidelines, and other guidelines in your destination language.
    • Try to only translate high quality articles – there are a lot fewer community members in other languages to help improve articles that are low quality.
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    Translate the article. Make sure you read it over several times to hone grammar and flow. Since exact word-for-word translations don't always make sense in the new language, reread your finished translation to make sure it makes sense on its own.
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    Publish the translation on the international site. Put a comment in the "Edit summary" section once you have finished the translation, like the following:
    • translated from
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    Let the translation team know. When an article is translated across international sites, it's best to let the international translation team know, so that the article can be reviewed and any necessary images or links can be transported over. This will also ensure that all the databases are kept up to date and help the team avoid starting another translation unnecessarily.
    • To let them know, you can use this form to report your article. Alternatively, feel free to send the original page and the translation link to Anna, who can pass the information on.


  • It's easier to go from your second language to your first, but if you're confident about your second language, try going both ways.
  • Note the naming conventions of your destination language, too. Spanish, for instance, does not use the title case.
  • You don't have to translate the article word-to- word. Try to use typical phrases, but be sure the meaning of content remains the same.


  • Look out for False friends. These are words that look alike but have different meanings. For instance, "actualmente" in Spanish means not "actually" but "currently". Consult a dictionary if you're unsure about something.
  • Google translate and other computer translation services do not do a good enough job to use to translate wikiHow articles.
  • Direct translations of copyrighted sources are still violations of copyright.
  • If you don't speak and write the target language with a near-native level of proficiency, it's probably best not try to translate an article.

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