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Google has expanded its linguistic horizons by incorporating an additional 110 languages into its translation service. This monumental expansion, the largest in Google’s history, is powered by the company’s advanced artificial intelligence model, PaLM 2.

 

The newly added languages, which include Afar, Cantonese, Manx, Nko, Punjabi (Shahmukhi), Tamazight (Amazigh), and Tok Pisin3, represent over 614 million speakers worldwide. This significant update extends the reach of Google Translate to approximately 8% of the global population.

 

Here's the full list of what they are:

  • Abkhaz

  • Acehnese

  • Acholi

  • Afar

  • Alur

  • Avar

  • Awadhi

  • Balinese

  • Baluchi

  • Baoulé

  • Bashkir

  • Batak Karo

  • Batak Simalungun

  • Batak Toba

  • Bemba

  • Betawi

  • Bikol

  • Breton

  • Buryat

  • Cantonese

  • Chamorro

  • Chechen

  • Chuukese

  • Chuvash

  • Crimean Tatar

  • Dari

  • Dinka

  • Dombe

  • Dyula

  • Dzongkha

  • Faroese

  • Fijian

  • Fon

  • Friulian

  • Fulani

  • Ga

  • Hakha Chin

  • Hiligaynon

  • Hunsrik

  • Iban

  • Jamaican Patois

  • Jingpo

  • Kalaallisut

  • Kanuri

  • Kapampangan

  • Khasi

  • Kiga

  • Kikongo

  • Kituba

  • Kokborok

  • Komi

  • Latgalian

  • Ligurian

  • Limburgish

  • Lombard

  • Luo

  • Madurese

  • Makassar

  • Malay (Jawi)

  • Mam

  • Manx

  • Marshallese

  • Marwadi

  • Mauritian Creole

  • Meadow Mari

  • Minang

  • Nahuatl (Eastern Huasteca)

  • Ndau

  • Ndebele (South)

  • Nepalbhasa (Newari)

  • NKo

  • Nuer

  • Occitan

  • Ossetian

  • Pangasinan

  • Papiamento

  • Portuguese (Portugal)

  • Punjabi (Shahmukhi)

  • Q'eqchi'

  • Romani

  • Rundi

  • Sami (North)

  • Sango

  • Santali

  • Seychellois Creole

  • Shan

  • Sicilian

  • Silesian

  • Susu

  • Swati

  • Tahitian

  • Tamazight

  • Tamazight (Tifinagh)

  • Tetum

  • Tibetan

  • Tiv

  • Tok Pisin

  • Tongan

  • Tswana

  • Tulu

  • Tumbuka

  • Tuvan

  • Udmurt

  • Venda

  • Venetian

  • Waray

  • Wolof

  • Yakut

  • Yucatec Maya

  • Zapotec

 

This initiative is part of Google’s ambitious 1,000 Languages Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to support the 1,000 most spoken languages in the world through AI. With the inclusion of these 110 languages, a total of 243 languages are now supported by Google Translate.

 

Google’s approach to language variety is noteworthy. The tech giant prioritizes the most commonly used varieties of each language. For instance, the Romani language, which has many dialects throughout Europe, is represented in Google Translate in a form closest to Southern Vlax Romani, a variety commonly used online.

 

This expansion is not just about numbers; it’s about preserving languages and breaking down barriers. Some of the added languages are spoken by small communities of Indigenous people, and a few have almost no native speakers but active revitalization efforts. This move by Google is a significant step towards preserving linguistic diversity and promoting global understanding.

 

What are your thoughts on this monumental expansion by Google Translate? Do you think this will significantly impact how we communicate and understand different cultures? Share your views!

 

 

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