The entire double opt-in and opt-out process can be translated into any of the more than 40 supported languages, or you can use our handy Auto-Translate option to translate your signup form and response emails based on your subscriber's browser language settings. You'll also be able to customize translations for any of the languages we support. Click here for more information on translating the MailChimp Signup Form Embed Code.

If you're looking to translate just your campaign content head over here to set that up.

Contents

Translate your forms and response emails

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.
  2. Click on the list drop down menu and select Signup forms.
    Select Signup forms
  3. Select General forms.
    Select Link to a form
  4. Make sure you're on the Translate it tab and select Signup form from the forms and response emails drop down menu.
    Translate it tab
  5. Use the set default language drop down to choose a language for your forms. This is the language that will be displayed by default for all forms and response emails for this list only.
    Select language
  6. Click the Save Translation Settings button to store the changes to the form.

Customizing translations for different forms

If you'd like to modify any of the default translations we provide simply follow the steps below.

  1. Select the form you'd like to customize from the drop down menu.
    Pick Form To Translate
  2. Select the language you want to customize from the secondary drop down menu.
    Edit fields

You can modify any of the translations by entering your preferred translation in the appropriate box. By default, we'll show you what the standard English text is for each so that you know which portion of the form you're translating. Once you've completed your customizations, click the Save Translation Settings button to store the changes to the form, or Reset defaults to revert to your selected language's defaults.

Repeat for any other languages that you'd like to customize, and any other forms in the process that you'd like to translate.

Auto-Translate forms

With our auto-translation option, if a visitor's browser is set to one of the languages that we already support, they'll get that "human translated" version or your tweaked translations for that language. But if the visitor's browser is set to a language we've never translated to, we'll tap into the power of Google Translate. If you add or customize text in your forms, in addition to the fields we translate, we'll use Google Translate for that, too.

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.
  2. Click on the list drop down menu and select Signup forms.
    Select Signup forms
  3. Select General forms.
    Select Link to a form
  4. Make sure you're on the Translate it tab and select Signup form from the forms and response emails drop down menu.
    Translate it tab
  5. Set the default language for your forms by choosing a language from the drop-down box, then check the auto-translate box.
    Autotranslate

Once the auto-translate has been set up, if your form's default language is set to English but someone visits your signup form in a browser that's set to German, we'll show the pre-defined text in German:

When the same subscriber views the Signup Thank You Page, it will also appear in German! This display is unique to each visitor to your signup form, so different folks will see your forms and response emails in their browsers default language selection.

Additional form translations

It's important to note that only our pre-defined content is translated automatically. Your custom text such as field labels, header text, alt-text for images, and content you add or modify in editable text areas will not be translated automatically. You'll need to translate this content manually.

For example, when creating a signup form in MailChimp, you'll have the option to add more fields to your form in addition to the default "Email Address" field. When setting the field label, be sure to type the content in your own language. If my signup form is in Spanish, I'll probably want my field labels to be in Spanish as well. To edit your signup form's field labels:

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.
  2. Click on the list drop down menu and select Signup forms.
    Select Signup forms
  3. Select General forms.
    Select Link to a form
  4. Make sure you're on the build tab and select Signup form from the forms & response emails drop down menu.
  5. Click on the field you'd like to edit so that it's highlighted in yellow.
  6. Click on the field settings tab on the right hand side of the page.
  7. Under "field label" type the text in your own language.
  8. Click the Save Field button to save your changes.

Supported languages

Here's a list of the languages that we've already translated:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Afrikaans
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French (France)
  • French (Canada)
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Maltese
  • Malay
  • Macedonian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

Notes

The default translations are the product of working with a professional translation service (see: Does MailChimp Support My Language?) and tweaks from MailChimp customers around the world. In addition to these default translations for over 30 languages, you can also customize the translations, whether you're using a single language or our auto-translate function.


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