Nobody expects the Volunteer Translators
In the wake of the release of Skype 4.0 for Windows and Skype 2.8 Beta for Mac, it’s time to say thank you to the people who speak to you all the time, unnoticed, through Skype application itself. Sometimes in English, sometimes in C++ or Delphi – but have you ever wondered how Skype gets translated into your language?
Unlike books, translating applications is rather tricky – there are lots of bits of text hidden all over the place, and never enough contextual information or time to find out how a particular piece of text is actually used. So, to get the work done perfectly, we have to find people who are fans of Skype, avid users, fluent in English and excellent in their native languages and who can offer their time for free in order to help their fellow speakers.
Which brings us to the group we are particularly proud of: our volunteer translators – people who believe that to get Skype truly everywhere, it has to speak your language. And be good at it.
Claudius Henrichs is one of these people – he’s responsible for the German translations of Skype – and has agreed to share his thoughts on being part of the team.
For those of you reading this in an RSS reader, you can watch the video here.
Claudius, of course, is not the only one, and we'd like to thank everyone else involved in translating Skype:
Bulgarian – Nikolina Filipova, Nikolay Filipov • Czech – Petr Silon, Lukáš Vajda • Dutch – Kees Koenders, Alexander Henket • Greek – Panagiotis Sidiropoulos • French – Fabrice Imperial, Bruno Lépaulard, Jean-Pierre Kuypers • German – Claudius Henrichs, Dick Schiferli • Hungarian – Mark Bender, Laszlo Koncz, Gabor Stefanik • Italian – Daniele Conte, Domenico Cianci • Japanese – Mayu Shimizu • Latvian – Intars Students • Lithuanian – Viktoras Kriukovas • Norwegian – Stig Auestad, Kenneth Stevenson • Polish – Karol Szastok, Bohdan Zielinski • Portuguese-Brazil – Fabio Roselet • Portuguese-Portugal – Francisco Ferreira • Romanian – Péter Henning, Mónika Iancu • Simplified Chinese – Della Wang • Spanish – Carola Clavo • Traditional Chinese – Carlos Lee • Turkish – Ömer Emin Dede
This list is not definitive – some volunteers have a team behind them, other languages are done by agencies only, and some are available only in our Community. We’d also like to thank all the other translators who’ve been involved in the past.
We’re always keen to make Skype even better in your language, so if you find any misspellings (hey, translators are human, too ) or have any feedback at all, we’d love to hear from you – you’ll find forums for Windows, Mac and Linux translations in the Skype Community.