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Coding around the world: Celebrating our translators

21 Feb 2024

Multilingual education is a key component of quality learning, so we’re always looking for volunteers to translate the micro:bit website and resources.

Three children from Taiwan sit around their micro:bit creation

What’s more beautiful than being able to start learning coding in your own language? That’s what I thought and started to help the Dutch kids out by joining the translating team.

Leslie, Dutch translator

Computing and coding skills can help unite people around the world. Teaching these skills in a language that students can understand is vital, for young people to have the opportunities they need to create their best digital future. Globally, 40% of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. It’s essential that we can provide translations to the resources we provide on our website.

For UNESCO's International Mother Language Day 2024 we’re shining a spotlight on our incredible translation volunteers, to inspire more people to join our network. Currently, is available in 15 languages and the MakeCode editor is available in 32 languages, and we have 120 open language projects across the editors and

A teacher codes the micro:bit - their screen shows the code in Catalan

Broadening access

The translation program is crucial as it expands the reach of applications, software, and websites by catering to diverse linguistic audiences.

Depok, Indonesian translator

Many of our translators recognise the importance of making the resources available in native languages, as the micro:bit is a valuable tool to helping people code. Vasiliki, who translates into Greek, was introduced to the micro:bit through a teaching workshop and became a fan. Many of her colleagues wanted to try it, but she saw their biggest barrier was a limited knowledge of English. She realised that translating the resources would help spread the word to others.

Luke, a Welsh translator, stands behind a bright yellow Technocamps stand

Photo: Luke, Welsh translator

By participating in the translation program I have learned new vocabulary in English.

Elisa, Spanish translator

Participating in the translation programme has been a great way for many of our volunteers to develop their language skills, both in English and their native languages. It’s also provided a way to learn even more about micro:bit projects and coding. Cigdem, who translates into Turkish, mentioned getting great insights into what can be lost in translation, even when translating a technical piece of work. Luke, who translates into Welsh, also highlighted how he’s developed his own vocabulary in Welsh when it comes to technological terms. José, who translates into Spanish, has gotten to know the micro:bit programs better through the process.

Simple to do

You're using one of the best tools for translation, so it's very simple and we can concentrate on helping micro:bit.

Benjamin, French translator

Our volunteers come from many backgrounds. There are teachers who already know and love micro:bit. There are researchers and academics who want to help make micro:bit and computing more accessible. There are people who’ve worked in the industry and want to donate time to help. There's even people who’ve discovered the project through the translation platform, but have no knowledge of micro:bit!
They all agree that the process for translation is easy to use, simple to do, but the results for doing so are clear to see.

Valuable for everyone

It's rewarding to know that our job is directly available to all. Small work, big result.

Gregory, French translator

Children all over the world benefit from the fantastic work our translators do, but our translators get a lot out of volunteering too. Felix, who translates into Swahili, has enjoyed connecting with the amazing volunteer community, who are passionate about the same things as him. And many of our translators share his sentiment, as the network provides many opportunities for our diverse group of volunteers to collaborate.

Ichiro, who translates into Japanese, finds translating fun. Other volunteers love being useful, and say the whole process just makes them happy.

16 people stand on stage, during the micro:bit Live Barcelona event, in a celebration of the Catalan translators

Photo: Some of our Catalan translators at micro:bit Live Barcelona, in recognition of their amazing efforts

Get involved

The BBC micro:bit is fantastic. It allows even young students to interact with modern technology by programming and creating their own devices for various purposes around them. I am very happy that I can participate in this project to introduce this board to students in Poland.

Maciej, Polish translator

We’re proud to have completed full translations into Dutch, Japanese and Catalan over the past year and have nearly completed the Polish translations. We want to say a huge thank you to our wonderful micro:bit translation volunteers.

If you’d like to be part of our amazing network, we’d love to speak to you. We’re particularly keen to speak to people who may be able to help translate resources into Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean and Malay. Find out more at the link below.

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