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SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey lets you create multilingual surveys. To translate a survey, you must first add languages to the survey and download the translation files for those languages.

Preparing your file for upload

The file SurveyMonkey gives you is a PO file. It'll look something like this:

msgid "Next"
msgstr "Próxima"

msgid "Done"
msgstr ""

The msgid is the source survey text you're looking to translate. The msgstr is the corresponding translation for the source text.

You'll likely have a file where some msgstr fields have translations and some don't.

Before you can upload the PO file to Transifex, you'll have to format it so that the msgstr fields are either all filled in with the source text or all empty.

(Transifex has a notion of separate source and translation files and right now we're preparing the source file.)

In this example, all the msgstr fields are filled in:

msgid "Next"
msgstr "Next"

msgid "Done"
msgstr "Done"

Note how in the example above, the msgstr says "Next" and not "Próxima".

Here, all the msgstr fields are empty (there's nothing between the double quotes):

msgid "Next"
msgstr ""

msgid "Done"
msgstr ""

The file you get from SurveyMonkey will likely have more empty msgstr fields than filled in ones, so the second method of formatting your file is likely to be easier. No matter what you choose, be sure all the msgstr fields in your file follow the same format.

Once you've formatted your PO file, save it as a new file. This will be the source file you upload to Transifex. You'll want to keep a copy of the raw file you downloaded from SurveyMonkey — that file will serve as the translation file.

Uploading your source and translation files

First, upload the source file you just created/cleaned up.

Once you've done that, you can upload the raw file you downloaded from SurveyMonkey. This imports the any existing translations in the PO file to Transifex.

Translating your survey

There are a number of ways you can translate your survey, from working with a translation agency to ordering translations from our translation partners. 

You can learn more about the different options here.