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Given that the bulk of our translation effort is simple word substitution, it may make sense to introduce some automation into our process. As a first step towards this, we are compiling a table of translations [wiki:EnglishTranslation/WordSubstitution here]. Given that the bulk of our translation effort is simple word substitution, it may make sense to introduce some automation into our process. As a first step towards this, we are compiling a [wiki:EnglishTranslation/WordSubstitution table of translations].

Overview

This is the home page for Ubuntu English translations.

Our intention is to maintain a central communications channel for en-GB based languages. Generally, this includes the forms of English spoken in Commonwealth countries such as the [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-l10n-en-gb United Kingdom], [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IndianTeam India], [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-l10n-en-au Australia], [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SouthAfricanTeam South Africa] and [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CanadianTeam Canada].

These variants are almost identical in their written forms, so it makes sense for some communication and co-operation to take place. We hope to eliminate the duplication of effort that is currently taking place in regards to translations.

Our translations are based on [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/dapper/+lang/en_GB/ British English]. That effort is is headquartered [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-l10n-en-gb here].

We do not intend to restrict the activities of local translation groups, but rather to provide a common base for everyone to build upon.

Communication

Our primary communications channel is our [https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-l10n-eng mailing list].

Tools

Our main tool is [https://launchpad.net/rosetta/+about Rosetta].

Given that the bulk of our translation effort is simple word substitution, it may make sense to introduce some automation into our process. As a first step towards this, we are compiling a [wiki:EnglishTranslation/WordSubstitution table of translations].

Translation Guidelines

Translations should be based on the [http://dictionary.cambridge.org/Default.asp?dict=CALD Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary] or the [http://www.askoxford.com/dictionaries/compact_oed/?view=uk Oxford English Dictionary], unless they conflict with the information given below.

The [http://live.gnome.org/BritishEnglish GNOME] and [http://kde.me.uk/index.php?page=kde-en-gb KDE] projects have established guidelines for their own translation efforts. Wikipedia hosts a number of informative [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?search=american+british+english pages] on the subject:

Below is a table of common translations. Note that these rules do not always apply, so use with caution.

  • en-US Spelling

    English Translation

    Example/Explanation

    *or

    *our

    colour, favour, honour

    *yze

    *yse

    analyse

    *ize

    *ise

    colourise, organise, but not size

    *alog

    *alogue

    catalogue, dialogue

    e*

    oe*

    oestrogen

    *e*

    *ae*

    encyclopaedia, anaesthetic, archaeology

    *ed

    *t

    spelt, spilt, spoilt, dreamt, knelt, burnt

    *er

    *re

    centre, fibre, litre, metre, millimetre

    *in

    *ine

    adrenaline, glycerine

    *led

    *lled

    labelled

    *se

    *ce

    only when a noun: licence, practice, advice, defence

    aluminum

    aluminium

    check

    tick

    the tick box

    check

    cheque

    a bank cheque

    checker

    chequer

    a game of chequers, a chequered floor

    counter-clockwise

    anti-clockwise

    rotate anti-clockwise

    gasoline

    petrol

    gray

    grey

    hood

    bonnet

    The lid covering the engine compartment of a car.

    mom

    mum

    mother

    parentheses

    brackets

    period

    full stop

    sulfur

    sulphur

    theater

    theatre

    trunk

    boot

    The luggage compartment of a car.

    zee

    zed

    pronunciation of the final letter of the English alphabet

    ZIP code

    postcode

Dialectical Differences

Since our goal is to provide a common base for English, one must be mindful of the use of English internationally, and the differences between dialects. Below is a list of differences that should be reconciled. We will use the mailing list to discuss such matters.

  • en-US Spelling

    Current en-GB Translation

    Explanation/Alternatives

    Trash

    Wastebin

    Rubbish, Garbage, Rubbish Bin, Garbage Bin

    disk, disc

    disc

    should this depend on context?

    plugin

    plug-in

    program

    programme

    should this depend on context?


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