Google Translate gets 24 new languages
Google Translate is enriched and adds 24 languages to its service. The Mountain View firm indicates that these languages are spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide.
In 2006, Google launched its Google Translate service, allowing users to quickly translate words or phrases into many languages. The service is completely free and easy to access, since it is possible to type a word then “in English/Spanish” or “translation” in the Google search bar to find its translation quickly.
Google announced today on its blog that it adds 24 languages to its Google Translate catalog. The service now supports 133 languages spoken around the world. Most of these languages are little known to the general public, yet they are spoken by more than 300 million people around the world.
New languages available
This is the first time that indigenous languages of the Americas (Quechua, Guarani and Aymara) have been added to Google Translate, and so is the Krio English dialect of Sierra Leone. Also found in the update are many Indian dialects.
- Assamese : spoken by nearly 25 million people in North East India
- Aymara : spoken by about 2 million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
- Bambara : spoken by nearly 14 million people in Mali
- Bhojpuri : used by nearly 50 million people in India, Nepal and Fiji
- Dhivehi (Maldivian): spoken by approximately 300,000 people in the Maldives
- Dogri : used by nearly 3 million people in North India
- Ewe : language spoken by nearly 7 million people in Ghana and Togo
- Guarani : used by nearly 7 million people in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay
- Ilocano / Ilokano : used by nearly 10 million people in the northern Philippines
- Konkani : spoken by nearly two million people in central India
- Krio : used by about 4 million people in Sierra Leone
- Kurdish (Sorani): used by nearly 15 million people in Iran and Iraq
- Lingala : Spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Angola, and the Republic of South Sudan by nearly 45 million people
- Luganda / Ganda : spoken by nearly 20 million in Uganda and Rwanda
- Maithili : used by nearly 34 million people in North India
- Meiteilon / Meithei (manipuri): spoken by nearly 2 million people in northeastern India
- Mizo / Lushai : used in North-East India by nearly 830,000 people
- Oromo : spoken by nearly 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
- Quechua : spoken by approximately 10 million people in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and neighboring countries
- Sanskrit / Sanskrit : used by nearly 20,000 people in India
- Sepedi (North Sotho): spoken in South Africa by nearly 14 million people
- Tigrigna / Tigrinya : used by nearly 8 million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
- Tsonga / Xitsonga : spoken by about 7 million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
- Twi / Chi : used in Ghana by about 11 million people
Google explains that these are the first languages added via Zero-Shot Machine translation. This technology uses the machine learning to learn how to translate these languages into others, without the need for examples.
The Mountain View firm will constantly improve its technology to make it better day by day and provide quality translations to all the inhabitants of the world.