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Can I use Oak in other languages?

Find out more about how you can use Oak in other languages.

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How translations work

Enabling translations

Step 1: Enabling translations in your browser

On a desktop (computer or laptop):

I am using Chrome

I am using Microsoft Edge

I am using Safari

I am using Firefox

on a mobile device (phone or tablet):

I am using Chrome on an Android device

I am using Chrome on an iPhone or iPad

I am using Safari on an iPhone or iPad

Step 2: Enabling translations of our worksheets

Frequently Asked Questions

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How translations work

Using your web browser, it is possible to automatically translate our online classroom into several languages.

Translating the lessons is a two-part process, which involves:

  1. setting the translation language in your browser (eg. over 100 languages in Chrome); and
  2. enabling translations of worksheets, available for the following languages:
  • Welsh (Cymraeg)
  • Irish (Gaelige)
  • Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig)
  • French (Français)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Portuguese (Português)
  • Polish (Polski)
  • Romanian (Română)
  • Arabic (العربية)
  • Bengali (বাংলা)
  • Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)
  • Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)
  • Ukrainian (Українська)
  • Russian (Русский Язык)
  • Somali (Soomaaliga)
  • Tamil (தமிழ்)
  • Urdu (اردو)

Oak has always been designed to be in the English language and so we know these translations may not be perfect, but we hope this update will help to support teachers, parents and the wider community in keeping pupils learning.

To get started, visit our Classroom and follow the instructions below.

You will need to follow both steps to translate our lessons in full. 

HubSpot Video

Enabling translations


Translating the lessons is a
two-part process, which involves setting the translation language in your browser, and enabling translations of worksheets. We recommend following both steps to best benefit from our Classroom.

Browser translations 

Firstly, you will need to enable automatic translations in your browser.

Step 1: enabling translations in your browser, on desktop (computer or laptop)

Google Chrome app icon  I am using Chrome

  1. Right mouse click on the webpage (eg. https://classroom.thenational.academy/)
  2. Select Translate to English option on the menu
  3. A Google Translate box will open towards the top of the screen showing a Detected Language (likely English). Click the 3 vertical dots next to this box and then Choose another language
  4. Choose your desired language from the drop down list and select Translate
  5. If the lesson has a worksheet activity, click the Globe (classroom-globe-icon) icon, select your desired language, and then Confirm. See more instructions here.

You can find further support for using Chrome on Google's support pages.

Microsoft Edge app icon  I am using Microsoft Edge

  1. Right mouse click on the webpage (eg. https://classroom.thenational.academy/)
  2. Select Translate to English option on the menu
  3. A translate symbol will appear at the far right side of the url bar. Click the symbol to open the Translate box
  4. In the “Translate to” box drop-down menu, select your desired language, and then select Translate
  5. If the lesson has a worksheet activity, click the Globe (classroom-globe-icon) icon, select your desired language, and then Confirm. See more instructions here.

    You can find further support for using Microsoft Edge on Microsoft's website.

 

Safari app icon  I am using Safari

Translation functionality is limited in Safari and we’d recommend using Chrome or Edge as alternatives. However, Safari can detect languages and translate automatically in some regions. You can read more about Safari translations on Apple's website here.

Firefox app icon  I am using Firefox

Automatic translations are not supported in this browser. We’d recommend trying Chrome or Edge if you require translations. However you can find instructions on installing an extension here.

Step 1: enabling translations in your browser, on a mobile device (phone or tablet)

 

Google Chrome app icon  I am using Chrome on an Android device

  1. Navigate to the Oak classroom: https://classroom.thenational.academy/
  2. Press the 3 dots in the upper right corner of Chrome
  3. Select the Translate option from the menu
  4. At the bottom of the screen, a translation menu will have appeared
  5. Click the 3 dots and select More languages
  6. Select your desired language from the menu
  7. You can press the cross (cross-icon-android-chrome) on the translation menu at the bottom to remove it from the screen
  8. If the lesson has a worksheet activity, click the Globe (classroom-globe-icon) icon, select your desired language, and then Confirm. See more instructions here.

 

Google Chrome app icon  I am using Chrome on iPhone/iPad

Unfortunately translation of our video captions is not supported on this browser when used on an iPhone or iPad. You can still translate and access other lesson elements.

 

Safari app icon  I am using Safari on iPhone/iPad

Translation functionality is limited in Safari and we’d recommend using Chrome or Edge as alternatives. However, Safari can detect languages and translate automatically in some regions. You can read more about Safari translations on Apple's website here.

 

Step 2: Worksheet translations

Our worksheets cannot be translated automatically by browsers, so require an extra step.

Please follow the instructions below:

1. Click the globe icon (classroom-globe-icon) in the top menu. This appears on the Classroom homepage and worksheet pages too:

language-picker

2. Select your preferred language here and click Confirm:

language-picker-worksheets

 

If you feel that videos are moving too fast when using translations, you have the option to change playback speed. Selecting the 1x in the video menu will show you different options to slow down or speed up videos. 

 



Frequently Asked Questions

Is this article available in Ukrainian?

You can find support for Ukrainian translations here.
Ця стаття доступна українською тут.


What parts of the lesson are translated?

The Classroom interface and menus, and the lesson quizzes, worksheets and video captions.


Are the printable quizzes in Oak’s Teacher Hub translated too?

Not at this time, but translated quizzes can be taken online in our Classroom.


Do I need to go through this process every time I revisit Classroom?

Once you’ve enabled the translation in the browser, it will remember the language selection – so next time you will be able to directly select translations option more quickly. The translation persists until the page reloads - so if you navigate away from the Classroom you will need to enable the translation again.


How do I turn off the translations?

Simply navigate away or reload the web page, and translations will discontinue.


Why do you not suggest using Safari?

Safari only supports in-browser translations in certain regions, and across a limited group of languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish.



Contact us

If you have any questions, you can email us at help@thenational.academy. Alternatively you can get in touch with form.

We are an English-speaking team, but will do our very best to help where we can.


Help with using Oak

To understand more about how Oak works and how you can use our Classroom, you can read more of our articles or visit our help pages here. Our website is in English, so remember you to have enabled translation through your browser if you need it.

If you need further support, you can email us at help@thenational.academy