Overview | Key Submission Rules

A. Languages - Overview

  • The IMDb languages section records the languages spoken in titles in the database.
  • We will list any language spoken. If necessary, please use a qualifying attribute such as (a few words), (a few lines), (song), etc.

B. Key Submission Rules

  • If more than one language was spoken please enter them in order of frequency such that the main language is entered first.
  • Silent Movies should be listed with a language of None and an order number of 1 ('silent' should also be added to the sound mix section). If onscreen text appears in the original version of the title, add the language that the onscreen text appears in with an order number of 2 including an attribute explaining in what form the text takes - (intertitles), for example.
  • Please note that this refers to the original release; we do not record dubbing languages for foreign releases in this list, or DVD subtitle options.
  • To update data for categories that aren't listed above, select Choose from all sections checkbox and supply a Language correction to inform us of the new language and the title(s) to which it applies.
  • A list of the attributes currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the attribute field.
  • Language names reflect the English name of the language; thus, the language of Iran is Persian, not Farsi.
  • Creole is not a specific language; it refers to the way a language has evolved. Some of the more common creoles listed in the database: Haitian; Morisyen (spoken in Mauritius); Kabuverdianu (Cape Verde); Kriolu (Guinea-Bissau).
  • Given the complex relationship between Serbo-Croatian and related languages, our current policy is to list all variants (including Serbian and Croatian) as "Serbo-Croatian" on pre-1992 titles. On post-1992 titles the specific variant should be used and Serbo-Croatian will no longer be accepted. There are some entries in the database that do not yet conform to this policy, and we welcome assistance from contributors in correcting them.
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