Somehow I missed it at the end of last year, but Google Translate has added nine new languages – four from the African continent, three from Asia, and Maori.
In Africa, we’re adding Somali, Zulu, and the 3 major languages of Nigeria.
- Hausa (Harshen Hausa), spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 35 million native speakers
- Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo) spoken in Nigeria with 25 million native speakers
- Yoruba (èdè Yorùbá) spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries with 28 million native speakers
- Somali (Af-Soomaali) spoken in Somalia and other countries around the Horn of Africa with 17 million native speakers
- Zulu (isiZulu) spoken in South Africa and other south-western African countries with 10 million native speakersThroughout Asia, we’re launching languages spoken in Mongolia and South Asia.
- Mongolian (Монгол хэл), official language in Mongolia and also spoken in parts of China with 6 million native speakers
- Nepali (नेपाली), spoken in Nepal and India with 17 million native speakers
- Punjabi language (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) (Gurmukhi script), spoken in India and Pakistan with 100 million native speakersThanks to the volunteer effort of passionate native speakers in New Zealand, we’re adding the language of the Maori people.
- Maori (Te Reo Māori), spoken in New Zealand with 160 thousand speakers