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#1 Chris

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

Hey,

 

A bit of a random request here, I realise the forum is very inactive now but perhaps some of you still browse and might come across this thread.

 

I was wondering if anyone here speaks a language other than English fluently, preferably as your native language, and if so, would you be willing to help translate some simple words and phrases for one of my iOS apps?

The app I'd like translating is GeoChallenge, a flag/country/geography based quiz app I made last year. As you can see it's very basic, but I'm planning a big update for it, and I would like to include more translations in it. Although most players are currently English speakers, I have had a few requests for it to be put in other languages, and I think that in doing so it will increase its appeal in those countries and make it more popular.

 

Currently the only translation I have is Romanian, which is great, but not a big market for iOS apps and only 2 countries speak that language. I'm particularly interested in getting it translated into Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese. There are of course loads of other languages, if you speak one I didn't mention then that is awesome too so let me know!

 

Note that you would do this probably for free (although perhaps I'll gift you a game on Steam or something to thank you for your efforts if you do a good job), there's actually only about 100 phrases you need to translate, and some are just single words, so it shouldn't take too long.

 

So, if you speak another language fluently and are interested in helping me out, please reply here and let me know which language you speak. I would greatly appreciate any help. Also you must legitimately know the language... no using Google Translate, it's not accurate enough for many things, if it was I would be using it myself and not making this post!

 

Thanks.

 

 

P.S. Apologies to anyone who wants to help whose language is not supported on iOS - there's a full list of the 30 languages that iOS does support here: http://www.ibabbleon...es-ISO-639.html



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:16 AM

I speak Tagalog natively, so I might help out with the translations to the language.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

Thanks but unfortunately iOS doesn't natively support Tagalog as of iOS 7. Strange since Wikipedia says there are almost 30 million speakers of it, many of the languages supported have far fewer than that. Perhaps iOS has such a small market there that they don't feel it's necessary to add it, seems most people there speak English pretty well anyway?



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:05 AM

Thanks but unfortunately iOS doesn't natively support Tagalog as of iOS 7. Strange since Wikipedia says there are almost 30 million speakers of it, many of the languages supported have far fewer than that. Perhaps iOS has such a small market there that they don't feel it's necessary to add it, seems most people there speak English pretty well anyway?

 

There seems to be a a sizeable number of iOS users here, but practically everyone here with a computer or a portable device would usually leave the language settings to English i.e. EN-US or EN-PH, which is an irony considering their misplaced pride and rabid sense of patriotism.

 

As for iOS's market share, it's apparently dwarfed by Android users given the number of local firms marketing low-cost tablets and phones re-badged under their own brand (although some take the "extra mile" and label it as "designed in the US" when a Google search tells it's not).


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:57 PM

I'm fluent Italian, but I don't think I'd be the best candidate to help, unfortunately at the moment, Virgin Media cut my services and fined me £200 for apparent excess downloading. (Fuck Steam! -.-)

 

P.S I'm actually posting this while being USB tethered from my Galaxy S4 (on a 4G LTE signal) on my PC. >.<


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

No demand for Yurok? Looks like I learned my native language for nothing.  :lol:

 

It's awesome to see you working with iOS Chris. I wanted learn web programming  6 years ago when I started high-school. The idea stemmed from wanting to create games as a much younger kid. Seeing rockstarrems' and your interest in web development really was something to look up to and emulate. Other hobbies took off which I'm still fully immersed in but my naive interest in programming still sits on the back burner. 

 

A good friend of mine brought up programming in iOS recently. I mainly forget the conversation but it was fun. I'm fully ignorant on mobile devices. I use a flip-phone and it's by no means a smart phone but it's hard not to notice the revenue within iOS apps and the market smartphones hold. It seems like the future and it's really impressive. What's it like developing in it? My friend told me you can actually develop on your phone. Does your history with developing help you with this? What's your take on iOS as a whole? Vague question but I'm completely out of the loop. Still is fascinating. 


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:06 PM

No demand for Yurok? Looks like I learned my native language for nothing.  :lol:

 

It's awesome to see you working with iOS Chris. I wanted learn web programming  6 years ago when I started high-school. The idea stemmed from wanting to create games as a much younger kid. Seeing rockstarrems' and your interest in web development really was something to look up to and emulate. Other hobbies took off which I'm still fully immersed in but my naive interest in programming still sits on the back burner. 

 

A good friend of mine brought up programming in iOS recently. I mainly forget the conversation but it was fun. I'm fully ignorant on mobile devices. I use a flip-phone and it's by no means a smart phone but it's hard not to notice the revenue within iOS apps and the market smartphones hold. It seems like the future and it's really impressive. What's it like developing in it? My friend told me you can actually develop on your phone. Does your history with developing help you with this? What's your take on iOS as a whole? Vague question but I'm completely out of the loop. Still is fascinating. 

Last native speaker, Archie Thompson, died in 2013.
17 fluent L2 speakers  (2013)
language revival in progress

 

(Wikipedia) says there are only 17 speakers of the language. Huge demand!

But in all seriousness, the language is 'endangered' and you're one of the few on the Earth to be able to speak it.

 

If you can speak it natively, you are an unknown  world-record holder :thumbsup: . 

 

Also, to develop/export to an Apple platform, you have to own an Apple platform, this is also true for iOS. There's no legal work around.

But it's not just iOS that is a big market leader, you need your eyes on Android.

Especially with all the mid-end budget phones releasing for the likes of £100-150 phones including the Moto G and Moto E.

 

In terms of hardware, you can definitely get more RAM, (LG G3, 3gb ram, iPhone 5S 1gb ram). iPhone 5s only has a dual core 1.3ghz processor which is not as great compared to LG G3's 2.5 quad core CPU, hell even Moto  G has a 1.2 ghz quad core CPU and that phone is in the £100-150 price range compared to a  £500 price range.

I don't think I need to say more; but simply, iPhones are not that big of a deal for me. They don't last anywhere near to where a 2014 Android mid-end+ phone would, ESPECIALLY with the community also releasing unofficial  OS level (which work as good as would be if the manufacturer released it) updates, ROMs and keeping the device alive long after the manufacturers dumps the device.


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