Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) by Translators

1. Q: The same English word appears twice in the base list, with different wordnumbers. What to do?

A: Keep both, translate both the same, keep a list of the double words. The base list is the sum of several other lists and it's possible that a word appears twice. Please send us your list with these words. As soon as all translations are gathered, all redundant words will be removed. 


2. Q: The same English word AND the same wordnumber appear twice in the base list. What do I do?

A: Remove one of the rows. 


3. Q: In the column with the English word, sometimes the terms 'verb', 'noun' and 'adj' are written. Should I remove them?

A: No. These terms are there to point out the type of word.


4. Q: There is an error in the English (base) word/term. Should I correct this?

A: No. The base list was sent to several translators in different countries and they all got the list with the supposed error. Please keep a list of the errors you find and e-mail them to us. Modifications you make to this columns will be ignored.


5. Q: In the column with the English (base) word/term are sometimes terms like 'verb', 'noun' and 'adj'. Should I remove them?

A: No. These are only there to point out the type of word you're dealing with. See also question 4.


6. Q: I'm not sure if a translation is for all activity fields or just one. What to do?

A: Use column J ('Description') to point out the activity field. In the future it's most likely to add a separate column for this.


7. Q: What to do when the English base word/term is more a description than a word?

A: Translate as a description or, if you know there's a simpler translation for it, translate to a short term. It's possible that there are combinations of words are, in the end, unjustly placed in the base list. They will probably be removed (in time) by the editor.


8. Q: Finding the genders and plural conjugations of all words is a substantial job. Is it really necessary?

A: The goal is to create a rich dictionary. Please fill in these columns as much as possible


9. Q: Some words in the base list are plurals. Is this correct?

A: Only if there's no singular of the word. Words and translations should always be singular.


10. Q: What to do when words are written with a capital?

A: Only proper names and words that, according to you language's spelling are written with a capital, should be written with a capital. All others words are written with a lower case letter.


11. Q: Should I always fill in a description?

A: No. Only when it's useful, e.g. to point out the field of activity.


12. Q: There is no translation for the English word, in my language, the English word is used. Should I leave the row empty? 

A: No. Fill in the English word for the translation. If you leave the cell empty, we presume you don't know the translation.


13. Q: What to do when there is more then one translation?

A: Duplicate the row concerning the word: copy and insert. Keep the wordnumber (column B) the same!


14. Q: Microsoft Excel automatically gives my translations a capital. What to do?

A: Turn of AutoCorrection via the menu 'Options' (or equivilant for other languages). Uncheck the necessary checkboxes.


15. Q: What do I do, when I don't know the translation?

A: Write down a questionmark (preferred) or leave blank.


16. Q: On some columns, the validationrules appear too strict, so I can't fill in certain columns. What to do?

A: Remove the validation rules for that column: select the column, choose the menu's 'Data - Validation' and make adjustments. Make sure you have version 2 of the base list! In version 2, the column with the wordnumber is column B, which was column A in version 1.


17. Q: Where can I find more information about genders?

A: A good start is Wikipedia: and for used genders in the various languages:  There you can find information about the used genders in many languages. For your own language there is most likely a special page on Wikipedia.


18. Q: How can I quickly find all new, altered or blank terms?

A: By using Auto-filters. Microsoft Excel (and Calc) provide auto-filters to quickly filter all rows containing a value in a certain column. In the new motherlist, version 3, this is already enabled. On the first row, containing the headers, there are 'dropdown buttons', where you can select the values with which you want to filter the rows.


If you want to enable auto-filters, choose the menu 'Data', 'Filter', 'AutoFilter'.