Archive for November, 2009

TypeRacer Goes International

Posted on November 23, 2009. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

Typing in other languages has been the #1 most requested feature since way back when TypeRacer was born.  Today we’re launching the first international release of TypeRacer with support for 51 languages!

Click on the change your language link at the bottom of the homepage to see the full selection.  The name and flag of the language you’ve selected will appear under the logo in the upper left corner.  Your race results and typing speed will be saved separately for each, so it’s easy to track your progress in any language.

The scorecard now displays the country where each racer is located.

TypeRacer has always appealed to an international audience, and I’m happy to give you all the ability to race in your language.  Even if English is your primary language, it’s fun to learn how to type in other languages.  So far, I’ve mastered Spanish and French, and struggling with Russian, as you can see in the screenshot above.

Typing speed, by default, is measured in words per minute for English and in characters per minute for other languages, but you can always chose the format that's best for you. Just click on the CPM (or WPM) link at the top of the homepage to save your preference.

This release represents a giant leap into the future for TypeRacer, but it isn’t perferct.  For one thing, the text translations need more work.  We used Google Translate on the English texts and the results, at best, are easy to type but don’t make much sense.  In the worst case, some of the translations might contain left-over English characters and punctuation, requiring a brief switch of keyboard layouts to type them.  We’ve tried to correct all the texts to the best of our ability, but with all these languages, we now have 23000 texts to keep track of!  Let us know if you see any errors in your language and we’ll try to fix them right away.

TypeRacer International is still a work in progress.  Over the coming months, we’ll work on improving the text quality and also translating the menus and captions.  But the main thing right now is to get more people typing in other languages, so that you’re not just racing against bots.  We need your help to spread the word.  Send out the URL for the homepage in your language to all your friends or go head-to-head with them in a private racetrack for your language of choice.  We have empty high scores to fill in every language, so start racing!

Typing in other languages has been the #1 most requested feature since TypeRacer was born back in March, 2008.  Today we’re launching the first international release of TypeRacer with support for 51 languages!

Click on the change your language link at the bottom of the homepage to see the full selection.  The name of the language you’ve selected will appear under the logo in the upper left corner.  Your race results and typing speed will be saved separately for each, so it’s easy to track your progress in any language.

The scorecard now displays the country where each racer is located.

TypeRacer has always appealed to an international audience, and I’m happy to give you all a chance to race in your language.  Even if English is your primary language, it’s fun to learn how to type in other languages.  So far, I’ve mastered Spanish and French, and struggling with Russian, as you can see in the screenshot above.

This release isn’t perfect.  For one thing, the text translations need more work.  We used Google Translate on the English texts and the results at best are easy to type but don’t make much sense.  In the worst case, some of the translations might contain left-over English characters and punctuation, requiring a brief  switch of keyboard layouts to type them (let us know if you see any such places in your language). This is all still a work in progress.  Over the coming months, we’ll work on improving the translations and also translating the menus and captions into every language.  For now, everything but the typing texts is still in English.

The main thing right now, though, is to get more people typing in other languages, so you’re not just racing against bots.  We need your help to spread the word.  Send out the URL for the homepages in your language to all your friends.  Go head-to-head with them in a private racetrack for your language.  We have empty high scores to fill in every language, so start racing!

Typing speed is usually measured in words per minute (WPM) for English and in characters per minute (CPM) for other languages, but you can always chose the format that's best for you. Just click on the CPM (or WPM) link at the top of the homepage.

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