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Originally written
November 4, 2020
Updated
November 4, 2020

If you use a custom language on your site, you can still use the spell checker and automatic translation by mapping it to a standard language.

For example, let’s say we use the custom language Swiss German on our site. We can map this to the standard language, German. There are some differences between the two languages, but for the most part, they are very similar. 

Mapping them together allows us to translate our content into German automatically. From there, we only need to make a few small updates. The process saves time rather than translating the page from scratch.

How to map custom languages to a standard languages

To map a language:

  1. Go to WPMLTranslation Management.
  2. Click the Translation Tools tab.
  3. Click Language mappings.
Navigating to custom language mapping
  1. Here, you will see a list of all your site’s languages and if the language has access to spell check, and can use any of the translation engines (Google, Microsoft, or DeepL). Click the pencil icon to add or edit the standard language you would like to map your custom language to.
Mapping a custom language to German
  1. Once you select a language, you’ll be able to see which translation engines are available to you. Hover over the checkmarks to see the language codes the translation engines and spell checker will each use.
Spell checker will use a German locale to check your translations 

That’s it! Now, when creating your Swiss German translation, you can use automatic translation and the spell checker in German.

Adding translations to the Swiss German page using German automatic translation