About this Course

So, what is localization? In the world of information technology, localization means translating and adapting a product or service to a particular language, culture, and geographic market.

There are two main aspects to localization. The first one is stylistic: You have to make sure the language tone you use is appropriate for each local culture. There’s also a technical aspect: You may have to make changes to things like date and time formats, alphabetization, or even the direction of reading, to make them appropriate for the language you’re localizing into. So localization means more than just translating a message or text, it’s about making a whole product feel tailored to users everywhere.

This need for localized content has made the language industry the 4th fastest growing industry in the world with a global size of an estimated $40 billion. More people across the globe are coming online, and they need to be able to use technology in a language they understand. That’s what localization is all about.

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Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 2 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
Included in Course
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Course Leads

  • Christina Hayek
    Christina Hayek

    Instructor

  • Svein Hermansen
    Svein Hermansen

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Key Concepts

  • Learn about the history of localization broadly and at Google.
  • Explore the power of localization and cover key concepts and definitions you’ll need throughout this course.
Lesson 1

Key Concepts

  • Learn about the history of localization broadly and at Google.
  • Explore the power of localization and cover key concepts and definitions you’ll need throughout this course.
Lesson 2

Content Types

  • See what localization looks like in practice.
  • Learn how professionals approach the localization of different content types from online help documents, to the actual user interface of an app or software.
Lesson 2

Content Types

  • See what localization looks like in practice.
  • Learn how professionals approach the localization of different content types from online help documents, to the actual user interface of an app or software.
Lesson 3

Profiles and Skills

  • Meet some of the localization professionals at Google.
  • Learn about different roles and profiles of localization team members and the skills required.
Lesson 3

Profiles and Skills

  • Meet some of the localization professionals at Google.
  • Learn about different roles and profiles of localization team members and the skills required.
Lesson 4

Processes

  • Focus on the series of steps involved in localization project preparation, execution, testing and launch.
Lesson 4

Processes

  • Focus on the series of steps involved in localization project preparation, execution, testing and launch.
Lesson 5

Tools

  • Learn about the different types of tools involved at every stage of the localization process and how they work together.
Lesson 5

Tools

  • Learn about the different types of tools involved at every stage of the localization process and how they work together.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students should have basic computer skills: managing files, navigating the internet and running programs and applications. During the course, students will be asked to perform operations on a computer, so you should have access to a computer that is able to run a Chrome browser. Students will also have the opportunity to try and use a CAT Tool, GTT, freely available with a Google account.

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Why Take This Course

For translation students and freelance translators, it’s a great opportunity to get specialized knowledge and skills in a still lesser-known field that is becoming increasingly important. This course will enrich your resume, open up new business opportunities and it will allow you to change or expand your field of specialization.

Developers will learn about localization basics and gain an understanding of how to launch applications and products in international markets. This course will also shed light on the potential challenges and issues you might run into, while providing known solutions, and which stakeholders need to be involved in a product launch to make it internationally successful.

Entrepreneurs and business owners will understand why localization is important for the international expansion and success of their companies, also learning which professionals their companies need to rely on, which technologies to use and how to organize localization processes to launch successful products globally.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals

Thanks for your interest!

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