Every language supported by Google Translate [Updated]
Google Translate has dropped a major update, so find out all the new languages featured.
Google Translate is one of the most incredible testaments to the power of technology. With just a few keystrokes, you can translate any phrase into a huge number of languages. With the latest update, that number has grown to 133. These new languages are spoken by a whopping 300 million people, so this update figures to be very impactful.
Why has it come along now? Well, these languages have been added to Google Translate via a new technology the company is calling "Zero-Shot Machine Translation". There aren't huge datasets of human translations for these languages, which is what Google uses to teach Translate more widely and traditionally-documented languages.
Zero-Shot Machine Translation will teach the model via monolingual text. This means it will be able to translate a language without ever actually seeing an example. Google warns that "while this technology is impressive, it isn't perfect," and states it will continue to work to improve it.
For more information on Google innovations, check out everything Google announced at Google I/O 2022.
Every language in the new Google Translate update
- Assamese, used by about 25 million people in Northeast India
- Aymara, used by about 2 million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
- Bambara, used by about 14 million people in Mali
- Bhojpuri, used by about 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji
- Dhivehi, used by about 300,000 people in the Maldives
- Dogri, used by about 3 million people in northern India
- Ewe, used by about 7 million people in Ghana and Togo
- Guarani, used by about 7 million people in Paraguay and Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil
- Ilocano, used by about 10 million people in northern Philippines
- Konkani, used by about 2 million people in Central India
- Krio, used by about 4 million people in Sierra Leone
- Kurdish (Sorani), used by about 8 million people, mostly in Iraq
- Lingala, used by about 45 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola and the Republic of South Sudan
- Luganda, used by about 20 million people in Uganda and Rwanda
- Maithili, used by about 34 million people in northern India
- Meiteilon (Manipuri), used by about 2 million people in Northeast India
- Mizo, used by about 830,000 people in Northeast India
- Oromo, used by about 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
- Quechua, used by about 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and surrounding countries
- Sanskrit, used by about 20,000 people in India
- Sepedi, used by about 14 million people in South Africa
- Tigrinya, used by about 8 million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
- Tsonga, used by about 7 million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
- Twi, used by about 11 million people in Ghana
Every language in Google Translate prior to the new update
Google Translate available languages
- Haitian Creole
- Kurdish (Kurmanji)
- Myanmar (Burmese)
- Odia (Oriya)
- Scots Gaelic
About Google Translate
Google Translate was first launched in 2006, initially relying on United Nations and European Parliament transcripts for linguistic data. It translates more than 100 billion words every day. The program's most recent update, in May 2020, added 5 new languages.
Google prides itself on the use of its software to break down barriers and connect communities, and hopes the latest update will extend these benefits to "those whose languages aren't represented in most technology."
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