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110 new languages are coming to Google Translate

A Google translate screenshot, translating a sentence from English to Sicilian

Google Translate is dedicated to bridging language gaps to foster greater global understanding. Continuously evolving with cutting-edge technology, the tool now supports 24 new languages using Zero-Shot Machine Translation, allowing machines to translate without prior examples. Highlighting its commitment through the "1,000 Languages Initiative," Google aims to assist 1,000 of the world’s most spoken languages with AI-driven models.

Leveraging the PaLM 2 language model, Google’s latest effort introduces 110 new languages, marking its most significant expansion to date. This rollout benefits over 614 million people, encompassing languages like Cantonese and Qʼeqchiʼ, which together represent 8% of the global population. Some new additions are spoken by over 100 million people, while others are cherished by small Indigenous communities.

Newly supported languages include:

- **Afar**: A tonal language in Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, with significant community input.

- **Cantonese**: Long-requested and complex due to its overlap with Mandarin script.

- **Manx**: Revived on the Isle of Man after nearing extinction in 1974.

- **NKo**: Standardizes West African Manding dialects with a unique alphabet from 1949.

- **Punjabi (Shahmukhi)**: Written in Perso-Arabic script and predominant in Pakistan.

- **Tamazight (Amazigh)**: A Berber language of North Africa, written in Latin and Tifinagh scripts.

- **Tok Pisin**: An English-based creole and lingua franca of Papua New Guinea.

Language variation consideration is crucial, as many languages display significant dialectal and spelling diversity. For example, the translation model for Romani incorporates elements from several dialects, prioritizing the most widely used.

PaLM 2 enhances learning related languages, such as those close to Hindi (Awadhi and Marwadi) and French creoles (Seychellois and Mauritian Creole). Continuous advancements and collaborations with linguists and native speakers promise to broaden language and dialect support further.

Explore the updated Google Translate at or via its app on Android and iOS. Visit the Help Center for more information on these exciting additions. Source: Google


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