Translate Signup Forms

We provide translation tools for your list's signup forms and response emails, to help you attract more subscribers. Change your form’s default language settings, create a custom translation, or use auto-translate to detect a subscriber's language based on their web browser settings.

In this article, you'll learn how to translate your signup forms and response emails.

Before You Start

Here are some things to know before you get started.

  • This article is about how to translate your signup forms and response emails. If you need to, you can also translate your embedded form code or translate content in your campaigns.

  • When you translate to Arabic or Hebrew, our system will automatically change the text direction to Right-to-Left.

Set a Default Language

MailChimp’s signup forms and response emails are English by default, but you can change the default language to suit your audience. Choose from one of our 51 supported languages, and we’ll translate form field placeholders, alerts, signup button, and most other text.

However, if you change the wording of the default text, you'll need to translate it manually. Form field labels must also be translated manually. For example, if you want to translate the form and change “Address” to “Postal Address,” you’ll need to do that manually.

To change the default language of your signup forms and response emails, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the list you want to work with and choose Signup forms.
    choose signup forms

  3. Select General forms.
    select general forms

  4. Click the Translate it tab.
    click the translate it tab

  5. Click the Set default language drop-down menu and choose a language for your forms. We'll use this language for all the forms and response emails associated with this list.
    set default language
    If your language isn't supported, manually input translated placeholder text in each field.

  6. Click Save Translation Settings.
    click save translation settings

 

Edit Default Translations

When you change the default language of your signup form, you can edit the provided translations as needed.

To edit any of the default translations we provide, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the list you want to work with and choose Signup forms.
    choose signup forms

  3. Select General forms.
    select general forms

  4. Click the Forms and response emails drop-down menu, and choose the form, landing page, or signup response email you want to change.
    choose form

  5. Click the Translate it tab.
    click the translate it tab

  6. Click the Set default language drop-down menu and choose a language.
    set default language

  7. Each of the form's phrases appears in a table next to its English equivalent. Click any field to edit the translated version.
    click default translation to edit

  8. Make all your changes and click Save Translation Settings
    click save translation settings

If you make errors or change your mind, click Reset defaults to revert to the new language's default phrases.

Translate Form Field Labels

The field labels on your signup form include Email Address, First Name, and Last Name, and any others you add on the Build it tab. To translate these field labels into another language, you’ll have to edit them manually in the settings of your list.

Enable Auto-Translate

The auto-translate feature detects a visitor's browser language and displays the correct translation of the signup form by default.

To enable auto-translate, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the list you want to work with and choose Signup forms.
    click signup forms

  3. Select General forms.
    select general forms

  4. Click the Translate it tab.
    click the translate it tab

  5. Check the box next to Auto-translate. check box next to auto-translate

This setting applies to all forms and emails associated with this list, so you don't need to make this change on every form and response email.

Supported Languages

Here are the languages you can choose in the Translate it tab.

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Afrikaans
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
    (simplified or
    traditional)
  • 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

 

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