Wiktionary:Limited Documentation Languages/Getting Started

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This page is a guide for people new to Wiktionary and is part of the Limited Documentation Languages project. Here are some steps to get started with using Wiktionary.

  1. Use the Wiktionary Tutorial to learn the basics
    • Practice editing with the sandbox
    • When you want to see how something works, click the "edit" tab to see the code behind it
  2. Set up your account - having an account is not required, but it greatly helps. See usernames and user pages.
  3. Find the ISO code (two or three letters) for your language on the Index to templates/languages page. This is an important that you will use over and over. You might want to write it down on a piece of paper, or put it on your user page. Once you have an account and when you are logged into Wiktionary, you will see a link to your personal user page at the top of every Wiktionary page.
  4. Add a Babel box to your user page.

Go to Wiktionary:Babel and see if your language is listed. If not, it needs to be added. You can click on the "discussion" tab at the top of this page to ask about adding your language. If your language is listed, add a "Babel box" to your user page. You do that by editing your user page and adding the Babel template with the appropriate text. The below example is an example of the Wiki code needed to create a Babel box. In the code, "en" means "English" and "5" means native speaker.

{{Babel | en-5 }}

This template is made up of:

  • two opening braces {{
  • the word Babel
  • the pipe symbol (often found near the return or enter key on the keyboard)
  • the ISO code for your language (either two or three letters) - "en" means English
  • a hyphen
  • a number from 0 (low) to 5 (high) indicating proficiency in that language
  • two closing braces }}

Spaces are optional. To add additional languages, just add a pipe followed by the ISO code, hyphen and proficiency level. For example, to indicate a level 5 in English and level 2 in Spanish, use:

{{Babel | en-5 | es-2 }}

After entering this template on your page and saving, you will have a "Babel box" on your page, indicating the languages you speak.

Return to the Limited Documentation Languages project.