The freeCodeCamp community has been hard at work translating our 9,000+ tutorials into many world languages.
Quality is everything. So instead of relying on machine translation, we are doing this entire process by hand.
Dozens of native speakers are collaborating to make these free learning resources accessible to more people around the world.
Over the past two years, we've experimented with different approaches to this massive task. And I'm happy to announce that we have converged on some really efficient workflows.
The freeCodeCamp Localization Process
For each language, our goal is to:
- Translate the most popular English tutorials into each world language, then publish them on the corresponding publication. For example, the Chinese publication now boasts more than 800 tutorials.
- Then once we've made progress with that, we'll shift gears to focus on translating the core freeCodeCamp curriculum. For example, the entire curriculum is now available in Portuguese. (You can switch languages from the menu button.)
- Finally, we will launch YouTube channels for each of these languages. The Spanish YouTube channel has been a big success, and already has more than 100,000 subscribers.
We have already made significant progress with the following world languages:
And we eventually hope to support dozens of other languages as well.
How to Translate freeCodeCamp
If you are interested in contributing, here's how you can get involved.
Step 1: Fill out this Google form.
Step 2: Join the freeCodeCamp Official Discord and visit the "start-here" room. You can then join a language-specific room and speak your native language.
Note that Discord has a couple of verification steps you will need to complete.
Alternatively, if you just created your Discord account, you might need to wait up to 5 minutes to send messages. (This is an anti-spam counter-measure.)
You will get an email from a Language Lead within a few days
We have Language Leads for each world language. Depending on which language you want to contribute to, you will receive an email from one of them to learn a bit more about you and your goals.
They may give you access to the freeCodeCamp publication, where you can start translating articles.
For each language, we have a big Trello board where we have the articles we'd like to prioritize.
Let's Make freeCodeCamp Accessible to Everyone Around the World
This is a massive undertaking, and it will take many years. But the community has already made some concrete steps toward realizing this goal.
Please join us as we make these free learning resources more accessible to people around the world. 🌏🌍🌎