Google Translate adds 110 new languages including Bikol, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Waray

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    Google Translate, one of the world’s most popular translation tools, breaks down communication barriers for millions even further with its most recent and largest language expansion ever. 110 new languages have been added to the service, powered by the revolutionary PaLM 2 large language model.

    This update brings the total number of supported languages to 133, empowering over 660 million people with access to information and connection in their native tongue.

    PaLM 2 Unlocks Diverse Language Support

    PaLM 2, Google’s cutting-edge AI model, excels at learning closely related languages. This empowers Google Translate to bridge the gap for a wider range of communities, including:

    • Regional Filipino languages: Google Translate has further expanded support for the Philippines by including more regional languages from Luzon and the Visayas, namely Bikol, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, and Waray.
    • Major world languages: One of the most significant inclusions was Cantonese. With over 100 million speakers, the language was among the most highly requested ones to be added to Google Translate. The Shahmukhi variety of Punjabi, the most spoken language in Pakistan, as well as the Papua New Guinean creole Tok Pisin, have also been added.
    • Indigenous languages: The volunteer community made significant contributions to more obscure and remote languages, such as Afar and NKo, spoken in parts of Africa.
    • Revitalized languages: Languages at the risk of dying out such as Manx, a Celtic language experiencing a resurgence, is now supported by Google Translate.

    This expansion marks a significant step towards Google’s 1,000 Languages Initiative, aiming to support the world’s most spoken languages. With a quarter of the new additions coming from Africa, Google Translate now offers the largest selection of African languages to date.

    Google prioritized adding the most commonly used forms, like Southern Vlax Romani, while incorporating elements from other dialects to offer a comprehensive experience. The company’s ongoing partnerships with linguists and native speakers ensure constant improvement.

    You can check out the new additions by heading over to Google Translate or downloading the Google Translate app for Android and iOS.

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