Google is always seeking to expand the reach of its tools. Now, Google’s Translate tool has expanded to another set of languages, which means that the service now works for 80 idioms.
So, Translate has now received support for nine new languages – Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Somali, Zulu, Mongolian, Nepali, Punjabi and Maori, which are spoken in a number of areas of Africa, Asia and South Africa.
About 200 million people speak these idioms, which makes the addition quite important. For instance, Hausa is spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries, while Zulu in South Africa and a few other southwestern African nations. Mongolian is the official language in Mongolia and is spoken by about 6 million natives, while Nepali has some 17 million native speakers in Nepal and India.
Punjabi is spoken throughout India and Pakistan by about 100 million people, which makes this the most widely spoken language of the pack. At the other end of the spectrum, there is Maori, which is spoken by about 160,000 people in New Zealand. It was added thanks to the volunteer effort of a few passionate native speakers, Google said.