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Wiki Lessons - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Polyglot Wiki allows you to share your language knowledge by creating or editing lessons.

In case you have some questions, you can find some answers here.

If the question is not listed, you can edit the page by creating a new question and answer it if you have found a solution.

May I copy contents from other sites?

You can search for the information on the internet but do not copy and paste exactly the same content.

Google search engine can penalize your article and even the entire website (your article will not be visible on search engines results).

Duplicate content will have to be deleted.

Besides, sometimes content is protected by copyright.

But if you think there is an image from another site that is really good, and its format is jpg, png or gif, then you can copy the image link and paste where you want. You need to check the page with your image link to see if the image is allowed to be used outside that site.

Also, if you were inspired by another webpage please write the page link in the "References" section at the bottom of your page.

What should be the minimum quality of a lesson?

When you write a language lesson, you will receive points.

To receive those points, here are the minimum quality requirements:

What if I don't have enough time to create a whole lesson?

You can create an incomplete lesson. Other people will complete it.

Also, you can contribute to an existing lesson by adding content, correcting errors, and so on.

How can I add an image?


How can I add a sound file?


How can I create a table?


How can I import a table?

How can I transpose a table?

Regretfully, this function can't be found here. You can rely on some other programs to do so.

How can I change the text format?

You can change the font or its size by inputting CSS code in the source.

This is an example with YOUR CONTENT in size 20px, font Times, weight bold and colour red.

Use the following code (with the Edit Source tab on the top right of the page):

<span style="font-size:20px;font-family: Times;font-weight:bold;color: red">YOUR CONTENT</span>

How can I translate a lesson into another language?

You have created a lesson and you feel that this lesson is well completed and that there will not be many changes in the future:

Basically, what you have to do is edit the page using the "Edit source" tab and add the following code:

<languages />

Just add a <languages /> on the top (this will include links to change language) and insert the whole article text between an opening <translate> tag and a closing </translate> tag. Then, click on the link to "mark the page for translations".

How can I add a hyphen or a minus sign in the title?

The popular “-” [U+002D - HYPHEN-MINUS] will disappear in the title, but “‐” [U+2010 ‐ HYPHEN] and “−” [U+2212 - MINUS SIGN] won't.

Is there a quick way of creating or editing a page?

You can save the following text in a txt file and replace the bold text English)/CATEGORY(e.g. Grammar)/TITLE(e.g. How-to-contribute-to-wiki-lessons-(FAQ))&action=edit

How can I contribute to a language which I totally don't know?

You can use translators freely. There may be errors, but other people will correct them. If you are not sure which meaning a word means in a specific situation, you can enter the word in your known language at Wikipedia, and view the page in that language. Vice versa.

It's precious if those languages relatively not popular are contributed too.

Is there a standard for the format of vocabulary?

It would be best to put vocabularies into tables, so that people can easily create spreadsheet files and memorise them with Anki or other programs.

There are suggested forms, for completeness and brevity. They are not compulsory.

In addition, write the word in the most common form. That is to say, when its common form is in lower case, better to write it in lower case.

If the word has a gender or more than one gender

Note the gender, unless there is a clear rule for the type of words described somewhere else. Note the gender with the definite article first if possible. For example:

French: l'arbre (m)

German: China

Spanish: el/la mar

If the word has irregular plural form

No need to note them if the irregular plural forms can be well explained somewhere else. For example:

English: locus

French: le pneu

German: das Auto

If the writing system is ideography

Note the pronunciation alongside. If there are more than one type of notation, choose the most accepted one. For example:

Japanese: 家具(かぐ)

Mandarin Chinese: 爆米花 (bàomǐhuā)

Yue Chinese: 衞生 (wai6 sang1)

Reversely, it is suggested to note the ideography if the vocabulary of the language is influenced by it. For example:

Korean: 다수 (多數)

Vietnamese: công tác (工作)

If the writing system is abjad

If possible, write the diacritics, otherwise write the transliteration alongside. If there are more than one type of notation, choose the most accepted one. For example:

Hebrew: יָרָק (m)

Iranian Persian: قطار (qatâr)

Standard Arabic: خَشَب‎ (m)

If there are more than one writing system currently used in the language

The early one is placed before the later one. For example:

Javanese: ꦧꦚꦸ / banyu

Mandarin Chinese: 還是/还是 (háishì)

Serbian: брод / brod (m)

The reason of not sorting by popularity is that the popularity may be very similar or may be hard to get to know and may change with time.

For Mandarin Chinese, according to the rule above, the ROC form is placed before the PRC form including the pronunciation.

If there are different words used in different regions

The form used in the origin of the language is placed before the other regions'. If there are more than two regions, note with ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes or other explanations. For example:

English: metre / meter

German: der Fuß / der Fuss (ch, li)

Portuguese: a descolagem / a decolagem

For Mandarin Chinese, the ROC form is placed before the PRC form.

For Korean, the ROK form is placed before the DPRK form.


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