How do I get my language supported?

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. Formal vs informal

    I would like to be able to use the informal version of languages in translations, such as in French “vous” is formal whereas “tu” is informal.

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  2. Punjabi - Punjab - Pakistan and India

    Can punjabi be added please.
    Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by 102 million native speakers worldwide, making it the 10th most widely spoken language (2015) in the world. It is the native language of the Punjabi people who inhabit the historical Punjab region of Pakistan and India. It is the only living language among the Indo-European languages which is a fully tonal language.

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  3. Can you add Vietnamese for Speech Recognition?

    Can you add Vietnamese for Speech Recognition? I've been waiting for years for it and been dying. And now Google Keyboard has Vietnamese and have beaten Microsoft. I've wanted to buy a Windows Tablet but it doesn't support Vietnamese speech to text compare to Android Tablet. Can there a visible timeline of webpage link of progression for the Vietnamese language? Also is it possible to have a "word suggestion" on the keyboard for Vietnamese like Google Keyboard? I think the method of typing like Google Keyboard is faster than how Microsoft keyboard when typing Vietnamese. Try "Google Input Tools" https://www.google.com/inputtools/try/

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  4. 1 vote
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  5. 1 vote
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  6. 1 vote
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  7. Easy and handy to using when you on rush.

    Perfect for translation should be can do speach recognize, text translation and easy to find storage. If can make it offline that is very good for user.

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  8. Chitonga

    I can help translate from English to Chitonga or Tonga as commonly called. The language is spoken in Zambia and the northern part of Zimbabwe

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  9. Zulu - isiZulu - South Africa

    Zulu (isiZulu) is one of the official languages of South Africa and is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is spoken by 10 million-plus people mainly in the Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces.

    Zulu (or as a native would say, isiZulu), is a Bantu language spoken by over 10 million people in South Africa, especially in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Zulu is a member of the Southeastern, or Nguni, subgroup of the Bantu group of the Benue-Congo branch of the *****-Congo language family.

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  10. South American versions of Spanish (Mexico & Venezuela, Columbia)

    I need an English to Spanish (Mexico) translator.

    4 votes
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  11. Kurdish

    every person should learn his native language, so as other languages Kurdish also must be every part of the world

    4 votes
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  12. Kurdish

    every person should learn his native language, so as other languages Kurdish also must be every part of the world

    4 votes
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  13. 5 votes
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  14. Igbo

    Language from east Nigeria

    2 votes
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  15. 3 votes
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  16. Karen

    I would like to be able to translate text that is sent home for parents, in their native language, which is Karen.

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  17. 1 vote
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  18. Tibetan

    Please add Tibetan language also.. It is the national language of Tibet.. We are the people of His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama..

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  19. Canadian French

    Canadian French is currently not supported by Translator. Can this be added? The product does not clear legal verification without supporting Canadian French

    6 votes
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  20. Kürdi

    ém dîxâwzın kürdi bıxwnin
    U bınıwîsîn

    3 votes
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