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Moodle 2.0 is being translated into two new languages – Tigrinia and Amharic, thanks to translators Armando Di Pietra and Berhane Woldegabriel, and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

I’d never heard of either language before, so checked the Wikipedia articles Amharic language and Tigrinya language to discover that the languages are spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and have around 25 million and 6.7 million speakers respectively.

The Tigrinia and Amharic language packs are only available for Moodle 2.0 and may be installed via Site Administration > Language > Language packs.

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Moodle has a new language pack, Dzongkha, thanks to Tenzin Dendup and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

According to the Wikipedia article, Dzongkha language, Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan, South Asia and is spoken by around 600 thousand people.

There are currently a total of 86 Moodle language packs for Moodle 1.x (source: Moodle download – Language packs). Many translators are currently working hard on Moodle 2.0 language packs. The Moodle 2.0 language packs download page shows the percentage of translated strings for each language. A big thank you to all our Moodle translators as listed in the Translation credits.

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New forums on moodle.org

Using Moodle now has two new forums:

Elsewhere in Using Moodle, Moodle HQ senior developer Sam Hemelryk announced his CSS theme tool block for Moodle 2.0 (a “phenomenal bit of work” according to Martin) and Moodle translation coordinator Koen Roggemans announced that the Moodle languages portal was ready for translators. Thanks to Moodle HQ developer David Mudrák for developing the Moodle languages portal translation tool AMOS.

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Moodle has a new language pack, Zulu, thanks to iCyber E-Learning Solutions on initiative of Gerrit Botha, Lionel Redelinghuys, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

According to the Wikipedia article, Zulu language, Zulu is one of South Africa’s eleven official languages and is spoken by around 10 million people.

Many of our 80+ language packs are incomplete, with untranslated strings displayed in English. If you’d like to help improve a language pack, please contact the language pack maintainer – see Translation credits for contact details. You can also check whether your language has a community discussion course and if so, post in a forum there. (Source: Language FAQ)

Major languages improvements are planned for Moodle 2.0, including a central web-based translation tool. For full details see the specification Development:Languages and the discussion Translators heads up: proposals to change the Moodle translation process.

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Our documentation wiki, Moodle Docs, has a nice feature for users browsing in one of the 27 languages other than English. If you view a page which is not yet translated, a message is displayed encouraging you to translate it and also providing a link to the English version of the page e.g. http://docs.moodle.org/nl/backup/restore. Thanks to Moodle developer and Czech language pack maintainer David Mudrák for figuring out how to do this (MDLSITE-90).

This feature came up in our developer chat when deciding upon the wording of the 1.9.7 upgrade notification message. Rather than having lots of explanatory text in Moodle, a neater solution is simply to include a documentation link.

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Moodle has a new language pack, Dhivehi, thanks to translators Ahmed Shareef, Moosa Ali, Amir Hussein and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

According to the Wikipedia article, Dhivehi language, Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives and is spoken by around 350,000 people. The word atoll (meaning a ring of coral islands or reefs) comes from the Dhivehi word atolhu.

You can easily install Dhivehi, or any other language pack, on your Moodle site via Site Administration > Language > Language packs. Even if you have no need for additional languages, you can still make use of Moodle’s language editing facility to change a word or phrase on your site. Please see the Language FAQ for details.

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Moodle.org has a new community discussion course, Moodle in Cambodia. The language of Cambodia, Khmer, is considered to have the longest alphabet in the world (source: Khmer script) and computers don’t generally have the font pre-installed.

For interest, here are the top 10 most participatory courses (views/posts) on moodle.org in the last four weeks:

  1. Bulgarian Moodle
  2. Moodle for Business Uses
  3. Facilitators Corner
  4. Moodle in Cambodia
  5. Moodle Certification
  6. Türkçe Moodle
  7. Hebrew Moodle
  8. مودل فارسی (Persian)
  9. Moodle en français
  10. Russian Moodle

(Source: Site Administration > Reports > Course overview.)

For information on how the list of most participatory courses is calculated, see the documentation Course overview reports.

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