How to Write Dialogues

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Why Write Dialogues

In order to provide context, sometimes single sentences are not enough.

Dialogues can also be used to show how non-sentences can be used as responses.

Formatting Standards

German. Use the following format:

  • „Ich bin ganz stark erkältet.“ – „Das ist aber ärgerlich!“

The dash must be a dash (Alt + 0150), not a hyphen. It should ideally be preceded by a non-breaking space (Alt + 255). Alt codes for the opening and closing typographical quotation marks used in German are Alt + 0132 and Alt + 0147.

English. Put each sentence in (double) quotes. We use "straight" quotes and not "curly" quotes on

  • "I caught a bad cold." "That's too bad."

Esperanto. You should use:

  • „Mi ege malvarmumas.” – „Tio ja estas bedaŭrinda.”

French. You should use:

  • « Sentence 1. » « Sentence 2. »

On Windows, one can insert « with Alt + 174 and » with Alt + 175. A space should be inserted after and before the guillemets, ideally a non-breaking space (Alt + 255). There is no need to add a hyphen or a dash at the beginning of the sentences.

Japanese - Put each sentence in quotes 「 」without 。 There is no additional space between these quotes 」「.

  • 「悪い風邪を引きました」「それはいけませんね」

Portuguese. You should use "SENTENCE 1" "SENTENCE 2" (Same as English)

Spanish. You should use "SENTENCE 1" "SENTENCE 2" (Same as English)

Swedish. Use the following format:

  • ”Jag har dragit på mig en rejäl förkylning.” ”Men vad synd!”

Other Languages

Most languages that use the quote character ("), are using the same standard in the Tatoeba Corpus as English does.



This might be a good guide. However, the Tatoeba Corpus has adopted "straight" quotes as the standard rather than "curly" quotes.


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