Venturing beyond English
Today’s update expands the (potential) reach of Santa Snoop into a few new languages. I’m looking at you, Spanish, German, and French! With the main development of the app done, I hope to put it in the hands of as many of our friends across Western Europe and Latin America as practically possible.
With this, my first dip of the toe into the multilingual pool, I am sticking with my vaguely safe and familiar “junior high school” languages, languages which I learned a bit of in the past but for which I have no current working knowledge. Luckily, the fine translators on Elance do indeed know these languages and have provided what I hope and believe to be quality translations of the app.
Quiz: can you pick out which app name and screenshot belongs to which language?
You may notice that one language is simply translated as “Santa Snoop”, or put another way, not translated. That particular language (okay, it’s Spanish) did not have a good, short translation of “Santa Snoop”, so the translator suggested to keep the original English since most people would get it that way too. On the plus side, Spanish does provide us with the joy of the upside-down exclamation and question marks. ¡Hey, no fair! ¿Why can’t we have these in English?
The app name in French was almost too long, but I left it in French since I just enjoy the sound of “Espion du Père Noël”. It sounds like a song or something.