( Post 26 – * Bonus Post * )
Remember that time we published 25 posts in one month? We decided that we’d return with another one-off post (not another 25 – don’t worry!) for January 2016, marking Computer Recruiter‘s 26th anniversary. So, without further ado, we present to you another interview, this time with a South Wales-based business that has both tech and Wales at its core…
Hi, Team Applingua. Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi! Applingua is a hassle-free translation agency, specialising in translating and localising iOS and OS X apps. Rob started Applingua over five years ago and has been helping developers around the world bring their apps to international markets ever since. With a base in Cardiff, Sarah joined a couple of years later and we’ve gone from strength to strength.
What is Apps in Welsh?
Apps in Welsh is a directory of all apps available to use in Welsh, created by Applingua in collaboration with the Welsh Government. It’s designed to help people find apps available in Welsh, as at the moment trying to find out which apps are available in other languages is quite hard via the official app stores. We wanted to make it easy for people to find apps to use in their native language.
What benefits are there to people who use the directory? We previously reported how there have been initiatives to try and improve IT/computing/coding in Welsh primary and secondary schools… Do you think that schools could benefit by using the directory?
No matter what language you speak, it’s always nice to be able to use technology in your native tongue. However, finding apps that speak your language isn’t always easy, so we’re hoping that the directory will be that bridge for people, to make it simple to find apps they know will be in Welsh.
We also think it’ll be a useful site for schools as there are (at current count) 54 education apps available in Welsh, but teachers don’t always have time to search for them. We’re hoping that as more people use the directory and the apps, more developers will see the benefits of translating their apps into Welsh.
It’s also possible to change your iPhone/iPad’s language settings into Welsh – isn’t that right?
Absolutely! A couple of years ago, Apple opened up the operating system found on Apple’s iPads and iPhones allowing your device to run in almost any language. Unfortunately it isn’t feasible for them to translate the system into every language but it does allow developers to natively support languages like Welsh, which is exactly what we’ve been doing with the Apps in Welsh project.
Check out our video here for instructions on how to change your device into Welsh – or watch below: