WikiPhrasebooks

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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Under discussion
What is the proposed name for the project? WikiPhrasebooks
Proposed project tagline Collection of online phrasebooks or Online phrasebook library
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
Phrasebooks are guides with basic but useful language information. They are typically travel-related but do not have to be; a phrasebook could potentially be useful anywhere you meet someone who speaks a language you do not know. WikiPhrasebooks, if created as a project, would make online phrasebooks easily accessible, all on a single wiki rather than on other wikis, such as Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, etc. By making WikiPhrasebooks as a separate project, editors would have more chance to edit articles about a language they know.
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
There would need to be multiple language versions, since each phrasebook would need to be designed for someone who speaks a certain native tongue.
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?
Per above, different Spanish phrasebooks would be needed on French and English wikis, etc.
Proposed project website address wikiphrasebooks.org
Proposed logo for the project A quick search on Commons suggested Chat bubbles.svg
Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
No new features would be necessary for this project.
Development wiki
Interested participants Please see WikiPhrasebooks#People interested

WikiPhrasebooks is an idea for an online phrasebook library. By creating an online phrasebook wiki, it would hopefully be easier to develop and coordinate all phrasebooks on Wikimedia websites. Various speakers of various languages from around the Wikimedia Community would be able to easily contribute their knowledge of multiple languages with basic information for anyone who is looking for information about basic phrases in a particular language. My (User:SelfieCity) thought is that one page would be used per phrasebook, where possible, but if more than, say, two hundred words or phrases are used in one phrasebook, it could be split into subpages.

This is just an idea, but it would be great to see a new project be launched on Wikimedia, dedicated to phrasebooks, similar to the way that WikiJournals has been developed and hopefully will be created as a project. As I see it, a phrasebook library would have one advantage that would assist content development: as long as someone knows the language, they could develop the phrasebook.

There is a decent number of phrasebooks currently existing on Wikivoyage. Some transwikis could be performed from Wikivoyage to WikiPhrasebooks.

Proposed by[edit]

SelfieCity (talk)

Alternative names[edit]

  • WikiPhrasebook (singular)

Related projects/proposals[edit]

Domain names[edit]

Mailing list links[edit]

None at the moment

Demos[edit]

Not, as far as I know

People interested[edit]

Discussion[edit]

  • Well, this is a brilliant idea... despite the fact that it exists in Wikivoyage and apparently wiktionary according to Pppery's statement. A phrasebook would not only be useful for traveling, but for schooling and etc... however, people might find it easier to use google translate and find out the phrase. Competing with that is hard enough. It is ad-free, compact and takes much less loading time, not to mention the pronunciation assistant. Even if this website gets successfully published, it would remain unknown to most. Arep Ticous 17:37, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Oppose as redundant to Wiktionary. * Pppery * it has begun 03:07, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
    A phrasebook translates phrases; a dictionary defines words. SelfieCity (talk) 00:00, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
    But Wiktionary already includes an phrasebook. * Pppery * it has begun 23:14, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
What I'm not seeing there, however, is an article for phrasebooks with a page designated for each language. I'm just seeing directories that link to more dictionary definitions. That's not the point here. Could you provide me with a more specific link? Thank you. SelfieCity (talk) 20:30, 12 September 2019 (UTC)