Translators for Software Localization and App Development




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Project Description

Translators for software localization and app development

Languages of interest: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Marathi, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Yoruba (or any language you speak and write fluently).

We are recruiting a new team of translators for software localization, as part of an open-source software project to create apps for linguistic analysis and language games.

Translators and software localizers perform support functions for app developers: They are responsible for translating all menus, dialogues, help messages, and documentation for pre-release software. Through this project, you will get hands-on experience with performing software translation and localization.

The app we are developing is Rezonator, designed for visualizing resonance and coherence in dialogue. (For more information, see our website at

Undergraduate Contribution

We will teach you:
- how to use professional translation software to translate and localize apps and games
- how to collaborate with other translators on the localization team, and with the app development team, compiling, checking, and submitting translation files

Requirements and/or Application Instructions

Participants in this research should:
- Be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing a language other than English
- Have an Interest in learning new skills for professional translation of software
- No previous programming experience is required

Successful applicants will receive training on software translation and localization techniques from UCSB doctoral student Giorgia Troiani, a former video game translator, localizer, and tester at Electronic Arts. Students will work under the supervision of Troiani and Prof. John W. DuBois. Students will receive 2 to 4 units of course credit in LING 199 (for 3rd - 4th-year students) or LING 99 (for 1st - 2nd-year students). For 2 units, Research Assistants must commit to work 6 hours per week (60 hours total) during the quarter. For 4 units, Research Assistants must commit to work 10 hours per week (100 hours total) during the quarter.

To apply, please send the following materials to Giorgia Troiani ( by April 1, 2021:
- brief resume or CV with relevant experience and skills
- language and level of fluency
- unofficial transcripts
- a one-paragraph explanation of why you are interested in the position and what language you would like to work with.

Brief informal interviews with selected applicants will be conducted.