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Problem:string translate footer widget isn't showing
Solution:This is how widgets are normally translated:
1. If you are using the WordPress default widgets you will be able to translate both the title and content under the "WPML -> String Translation" screen
2. If you are using custom widgets which are coded correctly and use apply_filters on widget_title and widget_text then again you should be able to translate both the title and content under the "WPML -> String Translation" screen.
Note: If you are coding your own widgets see: Texts in widgets needs to go through 'apply_filters': http://wpml.org/documentation/support/troubleshooting-string-localization/
3. Sometimes the above options are not enough. In this case you may want to look into using Widget Logic see:http://wpml.org/2011/03/howto-display-different-widgets-per-language/
I suggest to use Widget logic , let me know your results