wikiHow:Help Build wikiHow in Other Languages

It is wikiHow's misson to share our free how-to manual with people all over the world in their own languages. Unfortunately, there are currently many more wikiHow articles written in English than in any other language. We would love to see wikiHow thriving in languages other than English, and we could use your help to realize this dream.

If you can read and write well in عربي, Español, Deutsch, Français, Nederlands, Português, עברית as well as English, you can help wikiHow grow in other languages by translating an article from English to another language. If you are fluent in a language other than those listed, you can join a Language Project and help to start a new version of wikiHow. Even if you are not totally fluent in another language, you may be able to contribute by patrolling some changes, helping to add images or fix broken images, or by welcoming new users. Anyone interested in helping wikiHow grow in languages other than English is encouraged to contact Chris H for other ways to help out. With some time and some teamwork, wikiHow will be a great resource in many of the world's languages.

If you would like to help build wikiHow in other languages, here are some ways you can help.

EditTranslate an Article

The more helpful content there is on a given version of wikiHow, the more likely it is to attract readers and editors. You can help any version of wikiHow grow by translating one of the many great articles on English wikiHow. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Find an article that you would like to translate. Try to translate a simple article at first to help you find the best way to do it. If you are short of favorite topics to translate press the random article button a few times to find a easy one to try or look on the Articles Needing Translation page.
    • Look for articles that are culturally relevant to the language you will be writing in.
  2. In another browser window, open wikiHow in the language you want to translate to:
  3. Make sure that this article has not been translated already. There are two ways to do this:

    • Check to see whether there is a section labeled "In Other Languages" in the left hand menus with a link to your target language. If you are logged in to wikiHow, this will appear directly below the "Navigation" menu; if you are not logged in, it will appear below the Google ads. If there is a link there, then this article has already been translated.
    • Go to wikiHow in your target language and search for articles on your topic. Because links between the different languages of wikiHow are not added automatically, not all articles are cross-linked.
  4. Create a new article in the target language by pressing the equivalent of "Create a Page" link in the upper right of the page.
  5. Edit the new article. There are many ways to translate an article and you should try different approaches until you find one that works well for you.

    • You will probably find that it works well to keep the original version of the article open in one browser tab or window and the version you are translating in another.
    • Copy and paste one section at a time, then translate the pasted text. This will help keep you organized as you work through the translation.
    • Do not translate or otherwise change file names for images when you are translating articles. This will allow you to use the Fix Broken Images tool to import the images from the English wikiHow image database.
  6. Save your article once you are done translating it (or need to take a break from translating it).
  7. Fix Broken Images if necessary.
  8. Cross link the article between languages (detailed instructions at the linked page):
    • Be sure to add a link back to the English version of wikiHow using this code: [[en:English Article Title Goes Here]]. Be sure that the title is correctly capitalized and does not include the words "How to" in it.
    • Add a link on the English version back to your translation using the following code:
      • Spanish code: [[es:Spanish article title goes here]]
      • French code: [[en:French Article Title Goes Here]]
      • Portuguese code: [[pt:Portuguese Article Title Goes Here]]
  9. See this article for more tips on translations.

EditOther Ways to Help

For those who don't feel their language skills are quite up to translating entire articles, or who specialize in helping wikiHow in other ways than editing, here are some other ways to help.

  • Welcome New Users - Everyone who creates an account on wikiHow in English receives a welcome message from a user shortly after registering. On wikiHow in other languages, this often doesn't happen because there aren't as many editors around to help. By welcoming new users, you can help new editors to realize they are joining a growing and supportive community. Most versions of wikiHow have a welcome template you can use.
  • Patrol Recent Changes - All wikis are subject to vandalism and other unconstructive edits, even those with little traffic. Experienced patrollers can often recognize and revert vandalism without being able to read every single word. Patrolling changes can be a great way to help make sure other versions of wikiHow look their best for new editors.
  • Add photos - Any wikiHow editor who can read an article and understand the steps knows enough to improve that article by adding photos. Use the Flickr tool to add images or take your own step-by-step photos.
  • Share your ideas on how to build wikiHow in other languages by posting a note to Chris H or Jack H.

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