Communication has always been the distinguishing feature that humans have over other living species. The ability to share a language as a form of communication among a large number of people in the world is a blessing for everyone. Especially people like me who love to travel and are interested in learning new languages. Ever been to a new place, hungry and tired, searching for an eatery or restaurant, but unable to find it just because you cannot ask for it in the local language? I have been there, and I know how it feels!
Google Translate has been a huge boon in such cases. On the tap of a finger you are able to get the desired language translation on your screen. And guess what, things have just got better!
Google has recently added 5 more languages to its already large pool of supported languages, which combined are spoken by more than 183 million people around the globe. Now it supports more than 70 languages worldwide.
1. Marathi – spoken in India and has 73 million native speakers. Google Translate already supports several other Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
2. Cebuano – spoken in the Philippines, predominantly in the middle (Visayas) and southern (Mindanao) regions of the nation.
3. Hmong – spoken in many countries across the world, including China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and throughout the United States.
4. Javanese – second most-spoken language in Indonesia (behind Indonesian), with 83 million native speakers.
5. Bosnian – official language in Bosnia and Herzegovina that’s also spoken in regions of neighboring countries and by diaspora communities around the world.
According to Google, with the exception of Bosnian, these new languages are “alpha”, meaning the translation might not be perfect for the other 4 languages. Still, I think these languages would be worth a shot.
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