Google Translator App adds 13 new languages in latest update now supports 100 languages

Today, after launching 10 years ago, Google Translate now supports more than 100+ Languages which formally covers 99% of the human populace. Not awful for an administration that began in 2006 with backing for 4 (English and Arabic, Chinese and Russian). The overhaul, which is taking off over the coming days, adds 13 new dialects to the blend, covering more than 120 million people alone.

Before you go into translating, here are a few fun facts about the new languages:

  1. Amharic (Ethiopia) is the second most widely spoken Semitic language after Arabic
  2. Corsican (Island of Corsica, France) is closely related to Italian and was Napoleon’s first language
  3. Frisian (Netherlands and Germany) is the native language of over half the inhabitants of the Friesland province of the Netherlands
  4. Kyrgyz (Kyrgyzstan) is the language of the Epic of Manas, which is 20x longer than the Iliad and the Odyssey put together
  5. Hawaiian (Hawaii) has lent several words to the English language, such as ukulele and wiki
  6. Kurdish (Kurmanji) (Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria) is written with Latin letters while the others two varieties of Kurdish are written with Arabic script
  7. Luxembourgish (Luxembourg) completes the list of official EU languages Translate covers
  8. Samoan (Samoa and American Samoa) is written using only 14 letters
  9. Scots Gaelic (Scottish highlands, UK) was introduced by Irish settlers in the 4th century AD
  10. Shona (Zimbabwe) is the most widely spoken of the hundreds of languages in the Bantu family
  11. Sindhi (Pakistan and India) was the native language of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the “Father of the Nation” of Pakistan
  12. Pashto (Afghanistan and Pakistan) is written in Perso-Arabic script with an additional 12 letters, for a total of 44
  13. Xhosa (South Africa) is the second most common native language in the country after Afrikaans and features three kinds of clicks, represented by the letters x, q and c

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