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Google Translate now offering 10 new languages, over 200 million new speakers
It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, global communication was much more of a chore than it is today. The advent of the modern smartphone/app store has seen amazing advances in the field of translation software. While we still have some way to go before approaching sci-fi movie levels of embedded/in-ear technology, applications like Google Translate are the next best thing.
Today, the Google Translation team announced that it has added ten more languages to the Google Translate roster, bringing the tally to a truly impressive 90 supported languages. In doing so, it has provided communication services to no less than 200 million people around the globe, who speak the newly added languages:
- Africa: Chichewa, Malagasy, and Sesotho, for an approximate total of 36 million people.
- India/South East Asia: Malayalam, Myanmar, Sinhala, and Sundanese, for approximately 126 million people.
- Central Asia: Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek, for approximately 40 million people.
The total actually comes to an impressive 202,000,000 people.
Google has indicated that for now, the new languages are supported by the Google Translate website, however in the coming weeks will be available on both the mobile application and Chrome’s built-in translation feature.