Guidelines for translation contractors

Translation guidelines and resources for contractors

Language recognition

Our Field guide to the main languages of Europe will help you identify which language a text is written in. You'll know whether Ďakujeme vám za návštevu našej stránky is Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian — or something else.

Clear writing — translation quality

Translation quality info sheets for contractors
How to write clearly — European Commission booklet (all EU languages)
Claire's clear writing tips — practical tips (in English and French) expanding upon How to write clearly [November 2016]

Special character sets

Need to type special characters or accents but can't find them on your keyboard? One solution is to copy & paste from here:

Unicode special character sets (the Cyrillic, Greek and Latin sets cover characters from all EU official languages)

Languages, countries and currencies

Language codes for EU languages (639-1)
Country codes for EU countries (ISO 3166)
Country names and currencies