Regional Dialects (Locales)

Locales like Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, etc.

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List of Languages/Locales

Click here to see the complete list of supported languages and locales.

Selecting a Locale

  1. Go to the languages tab in the Localize dashboard.
  2. After clicking your desired language, a list of locale options will appear (if available) for selection.

ex: Chinese Locales

When selecting a Chinese locale, the first question to answer is "Who is your audience?" Is it a specific geographic location, or age group, or Chinese speakers in the US, etc.? This will help determine which written form of the language you should choose.

Locale

Code

Description / Main Audience

Chinese

zh

  • Simplified Chinese uses fewer characters and strokes
  • Used prominently throughout mainland China and in Singapore and Malaysia
  • Starting to gain ground in the US as more younger people from China immigrate
  • This is the same as "Chinese (Simplified) (zh-Hans)"
  • If you are using the Google or Watson MTEs (or exclusively human translations) you use this language code

Chinese (Simplified)

zh-Hans

  • This is the same as "Chinese (zh)"
  • If you are using the Microsoft or Amazon MTEs you use this language code

Chinese (Traditional)

zh-TW

  • Traditional Chinese has a longer history
  • More complex using more characters and strokes per character
  • Used broadly in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
  • Still used around the world by Chinese communities

Chinese (Singapore)

zh-SG

  • Basically a form of Simplified Chinese
  • Has some extra characters and some characters were not simplified
  • Used mainly in Singapore

Chinese (Hong Kong)

zh-HK

  • Basically a form of Traditional Chinese
  • Has some extra characters and some characters were not simplified
  • Used mainly in Hong Kong

Cantonese (Traditional)

yue

  • "Written" Cantonese is the written form of the Cantonese spoken dialect
  • Used mainly in Hong Kong

Also Note: Simplified and Traditional Chinese refers only to the written word. Mandarin and Cantonese typically refer to dialects of the spoken word (except for "Written Cantonese").


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