Google Translate Adds Support for More World Languages
Google Translate now covers 80 languages to help users as they travel and communicate.Google Translate, which helps people communicate with others using non-native languages, has just added nine more languages—including five in Africa–to its offerings, which now provides translations for 80 languages. The milestone was announced by Arne Mauser, a Translate software engineer, in a Dec. 10 post on the Google Translate Blog. "Whether you're trekking to a new place or simply trying to communicate with someone who doesn't share a language with you, Google Translate can help you connect to new information and people," wrote Mauser, who said Google is launching new languages that "span Africa, Asia, and Oceania and have over 200 million native speakers, collectively." The additional African languages are Hausa (Harshen Hausa), which is spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 35 million native speakers; Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo), which spoken in Nigeria with 25 million native speakers; Yoruba (èdè Yorùbá), which is spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 28 million native speakers; Somali (Af-Soomaali), which is spoken in Somalia and other countries around the Horn of Africa with 17 million native speakers; and Zulu (isiZulu), which is spoken in South Africa and other southwestern African countries with 10 million native speakers, according to Mauser.
"There are lots of languages in Africa, and this is the largest expansion into African languages to date (Google Translate supports Swahili and Afrikaans already)," wrote Mauser. "The more language is used on the web, the higher chances for us to launch it one day."