Google Adds 5 More Languages To Translation Services

Posted May 8, 2013

Google has announced today that they are now supporting the translation of five more languages.  These five languages account for over 183 million people combined around the globe.

The five new languages are:

1.) Bosnian – The official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This language is also spoken in regions and countries that neighbor those two countries.

2.) Cebuano – This language is spoken primarily in the Philippines, especially in the middle (Visayas) and southern (Mindanao) regions of the country.

3.) Hmong – The Hmong language is spoken in many countries including China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.  It is also used often in the United States.

4.) Javanese – This is the second most-spoken language in Indonesia after Indonesian.  There are 83 million native speakers of Javanese.

5.) Marathi – The Marathi language is spoken primarily in India with 73 million native speakers.  Google Translate also supports other Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Urdu, and Telegu.

All of these languages are in alpha mode so the quality may not be perfect.  “We will continue to test and improve them over time,” said Google Translate program manager Sveta Kelman on the Google Blog.

Google Translate is a free statistical multilingual machine-translation service powered by Google Inc. to translate text from one language to another.  This is the company’s 34th stage of updates to the service.  You can see all of the changes that were made to Google Translate over the last 34 stages on Wikipedia’s profile of Google Translate.  Google Translate currently supports 71 total languages.

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