How to Create a Crowdsourced Translation Project on Ackuna

The internet is a fantastic tool to communicate ideas, share developments and potentially reach millions of people that, without the internet, would be impossible. While the internet is responsible for bringing the world together, in doing so it has highlighted the need for multilingual content.

Traditionally, creating multilingual online content and apps can be a costly process, especially if you want your content translated into multiple languages. However, by using Ackuna to crowdsource your translation needs, you can receive expertly translated content from our pool of native speaking translators located all over the world, for FREE.

But first, for people new to crowdsourcing, let's take a quick look at what crowdsourcing is and what Ackuna does.

What is crowdsourcing?

The concept for crowdsourcing is to allow the internet public to contribute information to solve a desired task. This has been successful with companies such as Wikipedia, which gathers its content entirely from the general public for free.

What does Ackuna do?

With Ackuna, the same concept is applied to crowdsourcing translation projects for websites and apps. Ackuna currently has over 6,000 active translators/bi-lingual speakers in their user base. When a project is uploaded, translators in the requested language pairs will be notified and those who choose to work on your project will volunteer their expertise to either translate the new text, vote up or down a translation entered by another translator, or supply a different translation (which can then be voted on by others). Once a segment receives the required number of positive votes (determined by you), the segment is considered 'translated'. Once all the segments are translated, your project is complete, and you can download your newly translated and completely formatted files, free and easy!

Now that you know what Ackuna does, let's take a look at how you use it to crowdsource your project!

Ackuna allows users to upload a number of different native string formats.

What is a "string" file?

When developers write programs, content that is routinely updated (such as languages) are written into separate "string" files that allow the developer to update these files easily, without needing to change the code used to create the main program.

Since different devices run on different operating systems, different formats are required for each.

Currently, Ackuna accepts the following formats (

When one of these file types is uploaded, Ackuna will extract just the text, present it to be translated, and then reincorporate the translated text back into the files for you to download in the same exact format.

Creating a New Project

Step 1

If you haven't done so yet, the first step is to create an account. Follow the onscreen instructions and you'll be all set. Once you have an account, login.

Step 2

On the homepage, click on the 'Start a Project' button in the top right of the screen.

Step 3

Language options

Choose the source language of your project. This is limited to one language, whatever the original language may be. Next, choose all the target languages you want your file to be translated into.

Step 4

Project Text

Click the 'Browse' button, and upload your strings file for translation in one of the accepted formats.

Tell us more about your project

You should provide any additional information about your project in this section. The more information you can provide, the better it will be for the translators working on your project. Most of the lines of text in an app are probably short and don't provide many clues as to context. So it's best to be descriptive about the app or website in order to ensure the highest level of accuracy.

When you are finished, click the 'Next' button.

Step 5

Project Preview

After you upload your string file, you will be shown the details of your project for review. If there are any mistakes or if you need to change anything, you can choose the 'Edit project details' button at the bottom of the page.

Step 6

Translation method

Ackuna offers 2 methods of translation: Crowdsourced Translation (which is free and visible to the entire Ackuna community) and Professional Translation (which is paid and visible only to a single translator).

The Professional Translation option sends the project to one professional translator to translate the entire file. You still receive the translation back completely formatted in the same way, however you can rest assured your translation is of the utmost professional quality, and only seen by one translator. However, since this tutorial is for Crowdsourced Translation, the next step would be to click on the Crowdsourced Translation option.

Step 7

Other options

  • Ackuna encourages users to upload a logo image for their projects. By doing so, your project will be listed on the front page, where translators will be more likely to get engaged in your project.
  • Choose the number of votes required to 'accept' a translation for each segment.
  • You can also set a deadline to give your project more urgency in the community, however, deadlines are merely suggested and there is no guarantee your project will be finished by the deadline.

Who will help me?

This section shows you how many translators will be notified of your project for each language you selected.

When you are ready, click on the 'Create project' button at the bottom of the page

Step 8

The Fun Part... Self Promotion!

Once your project is uploaded, you will receive an email from Ackuna with a link you can spread around (social media, websites, forums, etc.) to promote your project and encourage others who might be interested to take part in the translation process!

Ackuna provides you with the tools and resources to easily localize your apps and websites using real human translators for free, however spreading the word about your crowdsourcing project is an important (and fun) task only you can do!

Read more about how to promote your Ackuna Crowdsource Project.