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Google Translate is a pretty great tool, but it's only useful if it actually works where you need it. Today it works in even more places, as Google has updated both the web service and the Android app with nine new languages, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

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Here's the full list:

  • Hausa (Harshen Hausa) - Nigeria and neighboring countries
  • Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo) - Nigeria
  • Yoruba (èdè Yorùbá) - Nigeria and neighboring countries
  • Somali (Af-Soomaali) - Somalia and other countries around the Horn of Africa
  • Zulu (isiZulu) spoken in South Africa and other south-western African countries
  • Mongolian (Монгол хэл) - Mongolia
  • Nepali (नेपाली) - Nepal and India
  • Punjabi language (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) (Gurmukhi script) - India and Pakistan
  • Maori (Te Reo Māori) - New Zealand

All together, the updated languages cover more than 225 million native speakers around the world. The new translations will work on the web (including searches and voice searches from Google Now, see above) and in the more robust Google Translate app, no updates necessary. Unfortunately the Google Translate app's awesome Conversation Mode still takes a lot more work, and none of the new languages are supported there.

One last thing: Maori was enabled thanks to help from a team of dedicated volunteers. This is significant because Maori is an endangered language, with approximately 30,000 regular speakers. Pai i meatia, iwi.

Source: Google Translate Blog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Alchemy08

    Nice Nigeria represent represent thanks google translate team. I myself speak Yoruba

  • loranz

    Yup, a lot of my Maori friends are excited about this. Nice work!

    • caleb hatere

      Dont get your hopes up. Google translate doesn't work for shit in Te Reo translation

  • Akshat Shah

    Ka pai! Just sharing this around the office where we have several native speakers of Maori. Amazing work.

  • John

    Nice! Igbo has been added. This will definitely come in handy

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    It would be cool to see Google start a project where they actively search out individuals/groups with dying languages, and add them to Google Translate--at least to help keep the language alive

  • Dhaval Yoganandi

    What about Gujarati?

    • macow siin

      Language somalia viva ilive it

  • Adrian

    Thanks you Google!

  • yousaf465

    Punjabi is written with Shahmukhi/ Persian script in Pakistan which isn't same as Gurmukhi script used in Indian Punjab. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahmukhi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjabi_language

    So please update.


    Call me when Google Translate supports Klingon! Hahaha :P

  • Yibir

    Thanks to the "Somaliland government in Hargeisa" adding the Somali language to Google Translate.

  • maxamed

    Very good I am soomaaliya it good for me added google translate somali languege ......somalia are spoken two countries part of kenya and itobia . Think so mach the team google traslate

  • awat

    language kurdi :(

  • don

    Igbo language

  • Totoro

    They should add Burmese if they can. :)

  • Ajay

    Good to see Nepali. Thank you Google.

  • abdul

    thanks google I am somaliweyn

  • Savani

    Add Sinhala (Sri Lanka )

  • afc

    thanks for somali translater team

  • samiullah

    we are afghans we want our national language (
    pashto) in google translation

  • sahil safi

    we are afghans we want our national language (
    pashto) in google translation. Pashto is a Popular language in World it speaks in Afghanistan , Pakistan,India and some other countries.
    we want our Nation Language of Afghans in Google Translate.