Projects & Linguistic Packages

How to Add a Language to a Project

Ensure your new language is listed under the Smartling Supported Languages. For a complete guide to translating in a new language, read Checklist to Translating in a New Language.

  1. From within a project, click the gear icon on the right side and select Project Settings.
  2. In Languages, click Add Language to display the Add Languages dialog.  
  3. Select a language from the list.
  4. Select a Default Translation Workflow. 
  5. (Optional) Select a Translation Authorization as follows: 
  6. Click Add. 

Translation Authorization

All active content that has been uploaded to your project for other languages in the past is available in the Strings View and in Awaiting Authorization for the new language you just added. To make sure you authorize the correct content for your new language, you can choose between the following 3 options from the Translation Authorization dropdown:

Authorize all active strings

Choosing this option means that all active content that is available in your project will be sent for translation into the new language. This is only recommended if you are translating all of your content into all target languages and your content in Smartling is still up-to-date. We would not recommend this option if you frequently update your website or application and some content might be out of date.

When you select this option in the “Add Language” dialogue, strings are automatically authorized for translation, however, they are not in a Job. You can find the content in the Strings View, filtered by status In Progress. You will not be provided with a cost estimate before authorizing this translation.

Synchronize with a language

Choose this option to authorize the same content that has already been authorized for a selected language. This is recommended if the language that you want to synchronize with has been added to your Smartling project recently, meaning that only up-to-date content will be authorized. 

This option also applies to any content in Awaiting Authorization in the selected language to the new language.

When you select this option in the “Add Language” dialogue, strings are automatically authorized for translation, however, they are not in a Job. You can find the content in the Strings View, filtered by status In Progress. You will not be provided with a cost estimate before authorizing this translation.

I'll decide later

Choosing this option is recommended as it takes no immediate action on your content. It does, however, leave you with some alternative options for consideration.

Ensure your new language is listed under the Smartling Supported Languages.

Alternative Options to Authorize Content into the New Language

Option 1: Authorize specific content only

This option is actioned by selecting I'll decide later in the “Add Language” dialogue.

Follow these steps depending on your integration.

Files & GDN projects

After selecting I'll decide later in the “Add Language” dialogue, you can then create a Jobs Automation Rule based on your requirements. Select include partially authorized content if you would like to authorize content that has been authorized already into at least one other language.

Alternatively, go to the Strings View and filter for specific content and select “Request Translation” from the Actions menu to create a Job.

Connectors

Native: Request translation from the connecting application instance.

Hosted: In the Connector Project in Smartling, go to the Asset List (Connector tab), select the assets you want to translate in the new language, and Request Translation from the Actions menu to create and authorize a Job for the new language.

This option also allows you to view a cost estimate before authorizing the content.

Option 2: Authorize new content only

This option is actioned by selecting I'll decide later in the “Add Language” dialogue and only authorize new content going forward.

This option also allows you to view a cost estimate before authorizing the content.

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