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Text Languages:

We add new languages periodically. In the process of adding a new language to the automatic translation system, the most important learning material is existing high-quality translations—the same text in two languages.

A significant amount, typically 4 to 5 million words of this type of text, is needed to build a reasonable-quality automatic translation system for a particular language pair. Find out how automatic translation works at www.aka.ms/MT.

Speech Languages

Speech recognition is a totally different process than translation. It requires a whole new set of data (hundred of hours of recorded audios and their associated transcriptions) and trainings of our machine learning based engines to become available. Therefore, we cannot always deliver speech recognition as quickly as new supported languages become available for Microsoft Translator.

We continue to release improvements to the quality of our existing languages and to expand on our coverage of languages from around the world so that more and more people can talk to the Microsoft Translator in their own language.

Stay tuned on our blog (www.aka.ms/Translatorblog), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/microsofttranslator), or Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/MStranslator) for updates to our language coverage.

For the up-to-date list of supported language please go to www.microsoft.com/translator/languages.aspx


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  1. Yoruba - Nigeria

    Yoruba /ˈjɒrʊbə/ is a language spoken in West Africa mainly in Nigeria. The number of speakers of Yoruba is approaching 30 million. It is a pluricentric language spoken principally in Nigeria and Benin, with communities in other parts of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. A variety of the language, Lucumi, is the liturgical language of the Santería religion of the Caribbean.

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  2. Māori - New Zealand

    The Maori language of New Zealand is a Malayo-Polynesian language, a family of languages commonly divided into four sub-families, namely, Indonesian, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian.

    215 votes
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  3. Zhuyin - Bopomofo - Mandarin Chinese - Taiwan

    Zhuyin, popularly known as bopomofo, is a system designed to represent the Mandarin Chinese sounds. It is still used in Taiwan as a teaching aid for children and as the phonetic symbols in dictionaries.

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  4. 4 votes
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  5. Vietnamese image translations - Vietnam

    Please add Vietnamese image translations

    4 votes
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  6. 7 votes
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  7. Kazakh - Khazakh - Qazaq - Kazakhstan

    Khazakh (қазақша) is a Turcic language, spoken by about 5 to 6 million people in the Republic of Kazakstan and in parts of China and Khyrghyzstan. It is closely related to Khyrghyz language, and has also relations to Uzbek, Uyghur, Turkmen and other turcic languages.

    Wikipedia:
    Kazakh or Qazaq is a Turkic language spoken in Kazakhstan, Russia and China by about 8 million people. Kazakh was first written with the Arabic script during the 19th century when a number of poets, educated in Islamic schools, incited revolt against Russia.

    11 votes
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  8. 71 votes
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  9. 16 votes
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  10. Tongan - Tonga

    Tongan /ˈtɒŋən/[4] (lea fakatonga) is an Austronesian language of the Polynesian branch spoken in Tonga. It has around 200,000 speakers[5][not in citation given] and is a national language of Tonga.

    2 votes
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  11. 27 votes
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  12. Burmese - Burma - Myanmar

    The Burmese language is the official language of Burma. Although the Constitution of Burma officially recognizes the English name of the language as the Myanmar language, most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese.

    199 votes
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  13. Add Pinyin to Chinese Camera translations (OCR)

    Add pinyin when translating using your camera.

    5 votes
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  14. 3 votes
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  15. Add Odia - Oriya - Odisha - Orissa Language

    Odia is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 33 million people mainly in the Indian state of Odisha, and also in West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Gujarat. Odia is closely related to Bengali and Assamese, and used to be known as Oriya, and Odisha used to be known as Orissa in English.

    8 votes
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  16. Xhosa - isiXhosa - Xosa - South Africa

    Xhosa (isiXhosa) Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa and is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is spoken by about 7.9 million people mainly in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Free State and Northern Cape in South Africa and also in Lesotho.

    Xhosa language, Xhosa formerly spelled Xosa, a Bantu language spoken by seven million people in South Africa, especially in Eastern province. Xhosa is a member of the Southeastern, or Nguni, subgroup of the Bantu group of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.

    8 votes
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  17. Armenian - Armenia

    It would be great to add support for English to Armenian, Armenian To English, Russian to Armenian, Armenian to Russian language pairs. There is plenty of existing high-quality translations available, so I think lack of resources wouldn't be a problem.

    34 votes
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  18. Thai Image & Speech Translations - Thailand

    Hello, Please add translation Thai to english from image (photo, or real time).

    59 votes
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  19. Gallego - Galician

    Teneis que agregar el idioma gallego, porque es un idioma muy hablado y no aparece en su traductor, sin embargo si aparece el catalán.
    Además el traductor de google si cuenta con el idioma gallego, y fue añadido al mismo tiempo que el catalan y el euskera hace ya muchos años.

    26 votes
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  20. Shona - Zimbabwe

    Please add Shona to the translation program

    11 votes
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