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User language templates aid multilingual communication by making it easier to contact someone who speaks a certain language. The idea originated on the Wikimedia Commons and has also been implemented on Wikipedia and some of the other wikis to varying extents. To participate, you can add the {{Babel}} template to your user page as follows:

  • Start off with {{Babel|
  • Next add one of the following codes for each language you speak or understand, separated by |, where xx is the Memory Alpha code for the language. The general usage of each code level is as follows:
    • xx-0 if you don't understand the language at all. Don't use it for every language you don't know; only use it when there is some reason why you might be expected to know it, or if you don't know it but have an interest in learning it.
    • xx-1 for basic ability - enough to understand written material or simple questions in this language.
    • xx-2 for intermediate ability - enough for editing or discussions.
    • xx-3 for advanced level - though you can write in this language with no problem, some small errors might occur.
    • xx-4 for "near-native" level - although it's not your first language from birth, your ability is something like that of a native speaker.
    • xx (no hyphen or number) for native speakers who use a language every day and have a perfect grasp of it, including colloquialisms.
  • Then finish by adding closing braces: }}
  • Expanded definitions of these levels are also available.
Memory Alpha: Babel
This user is a native speaker of English.
This user speaks English at a native level.
This user is able to contribute with an advanced level of English.
This user is able to contribute with an intermediate level of English.
This user is able to contribute with a basic level of English.
This user hopes to learn how to speak English with greater proficiency.
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So, for example, {{Babel|en|de-1}} would indicate a native speaker of English with basic knowledge of German. {{Babel|en|sv-4|de-3|fr-2|es-1|nl-0}} would indicate a native speaker of the English language with an almost-native knowledge of Swedish, advanced knowledge of German, an intermediate knowledge of French, a basic knowledge of Spanish and little or no knowledge of Dutch (but a desire to learn!).

These templates also add you to the category associated with that language.

To find someone who speaks a particular language, see Archivists by language, and follow the links. The two and three letter codes are taken from ISO 639.


As an alternative, you can add stand-alone language templates to your user page.

  • Format: {{User xx-1}}{{User yy-1}}{{User zz-1}}

Another alternative is to simply add the language categories to your user page directly. This will add your user page to the appropriate language categories. The category tags can go anywhere on the user page, but are typically added to the end of the page.

  • Format: [[Category:User en]] [[Category:User es]]

See also[]

Languages Templates Category
English EN en en-4 en-3 en-2 en-1 en-0 en
Arabic AR ar ar-4 ar-3 ar-2 ar-1 ar-0 ar
Bulgarian BG bg bg-4 bg-3 bg-2 bg-1 bg-0 bg
Catalan CA ca ca-4 ca-3 ca-2 ca-1 ca-0 ca
Chinese ZH zh zh-4 zh-3 zh-2 zh-1 zh-0 zh
Croatian HR hr hr-4 hr-3 hr-2 hr-1 hr-0 hr
Czech CS cs cs-4 cs-3 cs-2 cs-1 cs-0 cs
Dutch NL nl nl-4 nl-3 nl-2 nl-1 nl-0 nl
Esperanto EO eo eo-4 eo-3 eo-2 eo-1 eo-0 eo
Estonian ET et et-4 et-3 et-2 et-1 et-0 et
French FR fr fr-4 fr-3 fr-2 fr-1 fr-0 fr
Galician GL gl gl-4 gl-3 gl-2 gl-1 gl-0 gl
German DE de de-4 de-3 de-2 de-1 de-0 de
Hebrew HE he he-4 he-3 he-2 he-1 he-0 he
Hungarian HU hu hu-4 hu-3 hu-2 hu-1 hu-0 hu
Irish Gaelic GA ga ga-4 ga-3 ga-2 ga-1 ga-0 ga
Italian IT it it-4 it-3 it-2 it-1 it-0 it
Japanese JA ja ja-4 ja-3 ja-2 ja-1 ja-0 ja
Klingon TLH tlh tlh-4 tlh-3 tlh-2 tlh-1 tlh-0 tlh
Korean KO ko ko-4 ko-3 ko-2 ko-1 ko-0 ko
Latin LA la la-4 la-3 la-2 la-1 la-0 la
Norwegian NO no no-4 no-3 no-2 no-1 no-0 no
Polish PL pl pl-4 pl-3 pl-2 pl-1 pl-0 pl
Portuguese PT pt pt-4 pt-3 pt-2 pt-1 pt-0 pt
Romanian RO ro ro-4 ro-3 ro-2 ro-1 ro-0 ro
Russian RU ru ru-4 ru-3 ru-2 ru-1 ru-0 ru
Scots SCO sco sco-4 sco-3 sco-2 sco-1 sco-0 sco
Scottish Gaelic GD gd gd-4 gd-3 gd-2 gd-1 gd-0 gd
Serbian SR sr sr-4 sr-3 sr-2 sr-1 sr-0 sr
Slovak SK sk sk-4 sk-3 sk-2 sk-1 sk-0 sk
Spanish ES es es-4 es-3 es-2 es-1 es-0 es
Swedish SV sv sv-4 sv-3 sv-2 sv-1 sv-0 sv
Turkish TR tr tr-4 tr-3 tr-2 tr-1 tr-0 tr
Ukrainian UK uk uk-4 uk-3 uk-2 uk-1 uk-0 uk