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Is there a resource anywhere that lists common web UI phrases in multiple languages?

I'm interested in having quick access to translations of phrases like cancel, save, welcome, and so on for quick prototyping of internationalized sites.

Obviously a site-wide contextual translation is necessary for a final product, but I'm interested in what I can do in my first pass over a design - it feels awful to just write nonsense into translation files, or copy/paste phrases I know are incorrect!

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    I would check various Linux branches - there are a lot of translations of standard terms to different languages. But perhaps it is not very well organized to see a translation to many languages at once (checked ubuntu launchpad just now). Another option may be using Google translate, hope it can properly translate standard phrases. – Sergiy T. Feb 17 '14 at 23:22
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    Checking large sofwtare projects is a good idea. I'm always hesitant to use auto translation because I imagine standard phrases can have many different translations, and I have no way of asking the translator to give me 'no, when referring to a boolean setting' to avoid do not want :P. – Daniel Buckmaster Feb 17 '14 at 23:29
  • @SergiyT. sorry, forgot to tag you in my response. – Daniel Buckmaster Feb 17 '14 at 23:42
  • You can simply machine translate your resource file (po, resx, strings.xml etc.) if you are simply looking for pseudo translation for testing and design purposes. Google Translation toolkit can do that for you. – eakkas Feb 18 '14 at 6:12
  • "I'm over 18" is surely one of those phrases :) – Vitaly Mijiritsky Feb 18 '14 at 13:48
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Microsoft has their terminology online and for download:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/language

This should contain all default things you need.

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Microsoft has moved its Terminology Dictionary here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/language

Please mind this is not a simple list of default terms, but a translator of terms used in Microsoft application. Anyway, it's pretty good since it has a huge amount of words that might be used here and there.

There's also a download functionality I never used, but seems interesting too.

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post; instead, provide answers that don't require clarification from the asker. - From Review – Mayo Jul 25 '19 at 14:27
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    Daniel Buckmaster asked for a resource with a list of the most common words could be used in web UI. My link seems an appropriate answer since contains what Daniel asked, according to my personal experience (I use that website when I'm in need of what Daniel needed). Is there something I'm missing? If so, could you please be more specific about it? – Carbamate Jul 25 '19 at 14:36
  • good point. I focused on the first line. I edited it. – Mayo Jul 25 '19 at 14:41
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    Thanks for editing. This is my first post here, and I didn't want to write anything wrong or confusing. – Carbamate Jul 25 '19 at 14:46

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