New Multi-Language Option For Course Students | Thinkific

At Thinkific, we always try to improve your user experience by improving our platform. Today we’re announcing multi-language options for your site.

How do I support multiple student languages with one site?

If you’d like to support students with multiple languages, you can with a single Thinkific site, by enabling students to choose their own language. This will allow your students to select a language that best suits them, and the key site messages (buttons, menus, etc – everything other than content you’ve created) will appear in their language of choice.

Step 1:
To enable this feature, you’ll need to go to your Basic Settings tab, and click to “Allow students to override their site language.”

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Step 2:
When you do this, students will have the option to choose from any of the languages we support, and can change the language of the site at any time from their logged in, student profile view.

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How do I change the language of my site?

You can change the language of your Thinkific site from your admin dashboard under Basic Settings > Site language.

Simply select your chosen language from the dropdown list and hit Save Changes – all of the student-facing areas of your site will now be in that language!

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    Honer Zawita

    If I cannot find the language that I want, such as Arabic or Kurdish, What should I do?

    If I cannot find the language that I want, such as Arabic or Kurdish, What should I do? Read more »
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      Aaron

      Hey Honer! Thanks for the question! We work with our customers to make sure any language support you need is available to you. If you’re not finding a language offered, you can write in to Customers@Thinkific.com requesting it. We’d love to hear from you about this!

      You can modify different parts of your site’s text to manually translate what you need in Arabic or Kurdish. Here’s how: http://help.thinkific.com/solution/articles/216774-modify-site-text

      As well, you can set your site up to let student’s override the chosen site language if they speak a different language. Here’s how: http://help.thinkific.com/solution/articles/222732-how-do-i-support-multiple-student-languages-with-one-site-

      Hey Honer! Thanks for the question! We work with our customers to make sure any language support you need is… Read more »
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        Lonneke

        In which languages is Thinkific available? I would love to start my online e-coure, but it has to be in Dutch. Thank you

        In which languages is Thinkific available? I would love to start my online e-coure, but it has to be in… Read more »
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          Aaron

          Hey Lonneke!

          Dutch is supported!

          We also support other languages and are adding new languages all the time. You can even let your students choose to view the course site in their own language.

          Hey Lonneke! Dutch is supported! We also support other languages and are adding new languages all the time.… Read more »
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            Lonneke

            Hello Aaron,

            thanks! That is awesome!

            Hello Aaron, thanks! That is awesome! Read more »
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              Lonneke

              Hi Aaron, is it possible to use video / upload video / use YouTube videos? And how does that work out with other languages? Is subtitles a possiblity?

              Thanks again.

              Hi Aaron, is it possible to use video / upload video / use YouTube videos? And how does that work… Read more »
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                jara

                Hello, I am interested in setting two different languages in the same course and site. I set up the “Allow students to override the site language”, is enough with that? Right now I am starting to set up everything in Spanish, if I save it, then switch it to English, and save it, my students will be able to see the two options? From the previous questions I understand that the student can choose different languages, but I don’t have clear how to set up the two languages. How I upload the videos/quizzes/…. in the two options for the same lesson?
                Thank you!

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                  Heather McCosker-Howard

                  Am I able to have students submit work and then translate that work from say Chinese to English

                  Am I able to have students submit work and then translate that work from say Chinese to English Read more »
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                    Thinkific Team

                    Hey Lonneke! You sure can. Any videos uploaded to Thinkific (or YouTube I believe) can have subtitles. You need to translate the video and prepare a specific kind of file (.SRT) and upload these files to your videos in the Thinkific Library. YouTube has their own method of accepting these files.

                    More info here: http://help.thinkific.com/support/solutions/articles/223869-add-closed-captions-to-your-videos

                    Hey Lonneke! You sure can. Any videos uploaded to Thinkific (or YouTube I believe) can have subtitles. You need to… Read more »
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                      Thinkific Team

                      Hey Jara! Site language settings on your end make the whole course site (not your content) one language. If you enable the option, after a student signs up for your course site, Thinkific will ask the student if they want to change the site to their language. You don’t need to do anything on top of enabling the option for this to work.

                      If you prepare subtitle files in different languages, you can upload them to your videos from the Video Library. Other content needs to be translated and added to the lesson yourself. Learn more here: http://help.thinkific.com/support/solutions/articles/223869-add-closed-captions-to-your-videos

                      Hey Jara! Site language settings on your end make the whole course site (not your content) one language. If you… Read more »
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                        Thinkific Team

                        Hey Heather, you can accept assignments from students via services like Google Drive, Dropbox or through your Discussion forum in the course.

                        More details on accepting assignments here: http://help.thinkific.com/support/discussions/topics/313402

                        For translating these documents, I recommend using Google Translate after receiving them: https://translate.google.ca/

                        Hey Heather, you can accept assignments from students via services like Google Drive, Dropbox or through your Discussion forum in… Read more »