Thinkific Languages

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Thinkific gives you 39 language options to choose from. 

In addition, you can allow your students to choose their preferred language.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thinkific supports 39 languages.
  • You can change the language for any site.
  • All Thinkific subscriptions allow you to change the language.

Thinkific Supported Languages

The platform supports 39 languages, and they include some of the most commonly spoken ones, such as English, German, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.

  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin (Traditional)
  • Serbian
  • Thai
  • Armenian
  • English
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Slovak
  • Turkish
  • Azerbaijani
  • Estonian
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Slovenian
  • Vietnamese
  • Croatian
  • Finnish
  • Hungarian
  • Latvian
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish (European)
  • Czech
  • French
  • Icelandic
  • Lithuanian
  • Romanian
  • Spanish (Mexican)
  • Danish
  • Georgian
  • Indonesian
  • Mandarin (Simplified)
  • Russian
  • Swedish

The site can be auto-translated into one of these languages.

You can produce your course in any language you want, even if it’s not supported in the Site Language Settings.

The platform does not support languages like Hebrew and Arabic, which read right to left. 

However, some course creators have created a custom solution that you can use.

The platform advises you to use its Thinkific Experts page to hire a developer to complete this task.

Thinkific Language Features

Thinkific lets you change the site language using its settings, and the selected language will become the default language sitewide.

The platform also allows you to let students change the language that they see when using the site.

When you change the language using the Site Language Settings, the site will alter the following content:

  • Site buttons
  • Header text
  • Checkout text
  • Course player navigation

What won’t be translated:

  • Custom content
  • Custom pages
  • Closed captions

The platform will not automatically translate any content you’ve created and added. This includes content on custom pages, blog posts, video content, and closed captions.

Students can only change the default site language after signing in for the first time, meaning that to purchase the course, they will have to checkout using the default language.

How to Change the Language on Thinkific

You’ll need to follow the steps below to change your site’s default language.

  1. Log in to your dashboard
  2. Click Settings on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. On the top tab, menu select Learning Content
  4. Scroll down to Language Settings
  5. Select the language you’d like to set as the default from the menu
Language on Thinkific

How to Let Students Choose Their Language in Thinkific 

In addition to changing the default course language, you can let students override their language settings in their profile.

Once they’ve selected their language, their chosen language will be displayed when logged in.

To set this up you’ll, here is how to do it:

  1. Log in to your dashboard
  2. Click Settings on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. On the top tab, menu select Learning Content
  4. Scroll down to Language Settings
  5. Check the box telling Allow students to override the site language
  6. Click Save
Language on Thinkific

How Students Can Change Their Language

After you’ve enabled the setting, students can now adjust the site language in their profile or when browsing the site.

Here’s how to change it in a student profile:

  1. Go to your student profile
  2. Make sure you’ve selected Profile on the left-hand side navigation
  3. Navigate to Site Languages
  4. Select the language from the drop-down menu
Language on Thinkific

Here’s how to change it when browsing:

  1. Make sure you’re on the site page
  2. At the top bar, select Translate this site into on drop-down menu
  3. Choose the desired language from the list
Language on Thinkific

Other Ways You Can Support Multiple Languages on Thinkific

If you have a lot of custom content, such as blog posts, video content, and assignments that need to be translated, then Thinkific’s settings solutions may not be enough.

To help you find the right solution, check out the three below.

  • Multiple sites – You could make a different Thinkific site for each language and add all of the custom content in that language.
  • Duplicate courses – It’s possible to duplicate your course and produce it in two languages, either by using closed captions or re-recording the course in new languages.
  • Custom pages with content – You can translate the custom content pages and add new content for each supported language.

Frequently Asked Questions

All Thinkific subscription plans allow you to change the language settings on your account; this includes its lowest-priced option, the Free plan. In addition, you can translate your site and courses into any language on all plans.

Yes, the platform currently supports 39 languages; you can pick any of them as your default language. Once selected, this will change the language of the checkout, site buttons, header text, and course player navigation.

To change the language on Thinkific, first, log in to your dashboard > Select Settings > Click the Learning Content tab > scroll down to Language Settings > select your desired language from the drop-down menu > and select Save.

Thinkific doesn’t explicitly say if they are available in China; however, several other online sources suggest they are. The platform does support both traditional and simplified Mandarin as language options if you’re looking to build a course for Chinese consumers.

Thinkific currently does not allow the display of customer languages based on their IP or geolocation. However, you can let students select their preferred language by using the student language settings.

A student can select the language they want to view the store in by selecting their preferred language in the site’s header section or adjusting their settings on their profile page.


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