Google Translate Adds Five New Languages

Google Translate has added another five languages to its existing translation service available on mobile devices and offline around the world. There is now a total of 108 languages available on Google Translate ranging from Arabic to Zulu.

The new support is now available for the following languages; Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur. As there has previously been limited web content available for these languages online translation has been difficult, but Google have worked with the Google Translate community and their advances in machine learning technology to improve the accuracy and ability of translation in these languages.

Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur are spoken by over 75 million people worldwide and are the first new languages that Google Translate has added in the last four years.

Kinyarwanda is spoken by 12 million people in Rwanda and is one of four official languages spoken there including, English, French and Kiswahili.

Odia, (formerly known as Oriya) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by over 80% of the population of the Indian state of Odisha, and also in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is the official language of Odisha and the second of Jharkhand. It is the sixth language to be designated as a classical language of India.

Tatar is a Turkic language centred predominantly in Eastern Russia, Siberia Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It is spoken by about 7 million people worldwide in countries as diverse as the USA and China.

Uyghur is another Turkic language and is predominantly spoken by the Uyghur people in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China. There are believed to be up to 15 million speakers of Uyghur worldwide, primarily in China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Turkmen is the official language of Turkmenistan and is spoken by approximately 72% of the population.

Google Translate can support a variety of methods for use including, speech, typing, snap (which has the ability to translate images of text in different languages) or you can use your phone’s camera to see instant translations.

While Google Translate has added these five new languages, and can support translation for over 100 other languages, it still has a long way to go to cover the more than 6000 languages spoken worldwide.

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