Wikipedia:Babel
For the list of two-letter language codes, see List of ISO 639-1 codes.
For a list of Wikipedian language-related templates, see Wikipedia:Babel/List. For the alternative #babel template, see Help:Magic words § Other.
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On Wikimedia projects, Babel (an allusion to the Tower of Babel) refers to the user language templates aiding multilingual communication by making it easier to contact someone who speaks a certain language. The idea originated on the Wikimedia Commons and has also been implemented on Meta-Wiki and some of the other Wikipedias to varying extents. To participate, you can add the Babel template to your user page by following the instructions below.
Examples
CodeDescription
{{Babel|en}}native English
{{Babel|en-5}}professional English
{{Babel|en-4}}near native English
{{Babel|en-3}}advanced English
{{Babel|en-2}}intermediate English
{{Babel|en-1}}basic English
{{Babel|en|de-3|it-1}}native English, advanced German, and basic Italian
{{Babel|zh|es-4|ru-2}}native Chinese, near native Spanish, and intermediate Russian
Instructions
Demo
Babel user information
en-5This user has professional knowledge of English.
sv-NDen här användaren har svenska som modersmål.
no-4Denne brukeren har kjennskap til norsk (bokmål)nær morsmålsnivå.
he-3משתמש זה יודע עברית ברמה מתקדמת.
lt-2Šis naudotojas gali rašyti ir skaityti vidutinio lygio lietuvių kalba.
es-1Esta persona tiene un conocimiento básico del español.
an-0Iste usuario no conoixe brenca l'aragonés (u lo entiende malament)
Users by language
So, for example, {{Babel|en-5|sv|no-4|he-3|lt-2|es-1|an-0}} (see demo on the side) would indicate a professional proficiency of the English language, a native speaker of Swedish with an almost-native knowledge of Norwegian, advanced knowledge of Hebrew, an intermediate knowledge of Lithuanian, a basic knowledge of Spanish, and no knowledge of Aragonese.
Categories
These templates add you to the category associated with your level of understanding, and to the overall category for that language.
To find someone who speaks a particular language, see Wikipedians by languages, and follow the links. For the most part, the two and three letter codes are taken from ISO 639, but see this list for a comprehensive guide.
New templates and categories
You can help expand this system by creating templates for your language. Categories have already been created for most languages which have editions of Wikipedia containing over a hundred articles; they just need labeling up! It's recommended to copy the English or French versions when expanding the scheme, as most of the languages listed here are incomplete.
Non-spoken languages
Note that programming languages are also able to be listed. See Wikipedia:Userboxes/Programming for more information.
Note that many sign languages currently use the same template with language code "sgn", with the exception of American Sign Language users who should use the American Sign Language template. Other sign languages can be specified within the {{User sgn}} template itself. The use of this parameter requires the user to perform an extra step when using the {{Babel-#}} templates, described here.
Alternatives
See also: Templates for making babel style templates
There are other options for achieving results similar to the standard {{Babel}} template:
Last edited on 23 September 2021, at 22:10
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