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Google Translate Adds Oromo Spoken in Kenya, 23 Other Languages to its Database

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Google Translate has added 24 more languages to its database, bringing the total number of languages it can interpret to 133. Among those included are languages indigenous to Africa, India and the Americas spoken by 300 million people.

Languages from Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, Mali, South Africa, Eritrea, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are among the new additions to the list.

“For years, Google Translate has helped break down language barriers and connect communities all over the world,” the tech-giant said.

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The new languages, according to Google, are the first to employ Zero-Shot Machine Translation, which involves a machine learning model that only sees monolingual text and learns to translate into another language without ever seeing an example.

Google however acknowledged that the technology isn’t flawless.

“This is also a technical milestone for Google Translate,” the US-based company said.

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  • Assamese, used by about 25 million people in Northeast India
  • Aymara, used by about two million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
  • Bambara, used by about 14 million people in Mali
  • Bhojpuri, used by about 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji
  • Dhivehi, used by about 300,000 people in the Maldives
  • Dogri, used by about three million people in northern India
  • Ewe, used by about seven million people in Ghana and Togo
  • Guarani, used by about seven million people in Paraguay and Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil
  • Ilocano, used by about 10 million people in northern Philippines
  • Konkani, used by about two million people in Central India
  • Krio, used by about four million people in Sierra Leone
  • Kurdish (Sorani), used by about eight million people, mostly in Iraq
  • Lingala, used by about 45 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo,
  • Central African Republic, Angola and the Republic of South Sudan
  • Luganda, used by about 20 million people in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Maithili, used by about 34 million people in northern India
  • Meiteilon (Manipuri), used by about two million people in Northeast India
  • Mizo, used by about 830,000 people in Northeast India
  • Oromo, used by about 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Quechua, used by about 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and surrounding countries
  • Sanskrit, used by about 20,000 people in India
  • Sepedi, used by about 14 million people in South Africa
  • Tigrinya, used by about eight million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Tsonga, used by about seven million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Twi, used by about 11 million people in Ghana

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Written by Vanessa Murrey

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