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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 1+ 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.microsofttranslator.com/AT

If you are a community or organization working on creating a new language system for Microsoft Translator, reach out to custommt@microsoft.com for more information.

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. Add Bantu language

    Bantu languages, a group of some 500 languages belonging to the Bantoid subgroup of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The Bantu languages are spoken in a very large area, including most of Africa from southern Cameroon eastward to Kenya and southward to the southernmost tip of the continent.

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  2. 3 votes
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    Hi,

    Thanks for your message on the Translator Forum. There are a number of languages in Morocco, but the two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber). Which one are you looking for?

    Best regards,
    Gwenda
    Microsoft Translator Team

  3. Javanese - Java - Indonesia

    The national language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia. The largest ethnic group on the island is Javanese, which has their own language dialect.
    Javanese /dʒɑːvəˈniːz/[3] (ꦧꦱꦗꦮ, basa Jawa; Javanese pronunciation: [bɔsɔ dʒɔwɔ]) (colloquially known as ꦕꦫꦗꦮ, cara Jawa; Javanese pronunciation: [tjɔrɔ dʒɔwɔ]) is the language of the Javanese people from the central and eastern parts of the island of Java, in Indonesia. There are also pockets of Javanese speakers in the northern coast of western Java. It is the native language of more than 98 million people[4] (more than 42% of the total population of Indonesia).
    Javanese is one of…

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  4. Guaraní - Paraguay

    Guaraní is a Tupí-Guarani language spoken by about 4.6 million people in Paraguay. There are also small communities of Guaraní speakers in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.

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  5. 3 votes
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  6. 7 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Vietnamese image translations - Vietnam

    Please add Vietnamese image translations

    4 votes
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  9. 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.

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  10. Add Pinyin to Chinese Camera translations (OCR)

    Add pinyin when translating using your camera.

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  11. 16 votes
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  12. Brazilian Portugese

    Portugese and Brazilian Portuguese have differences and I deal more with Brazilians

    14 votes
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  13. Romanian image translations - Romania

    In the EU it is important to have a translator for a fast scan of documents

    9 votes
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  14. Lao - Laos

    Lao, also referred to as Laotian, (ລາວ 'lao' or ພາສາລາວ 'lao language') is a tonal language of the Tai–Kadai language family. It is the official language of Laos, and also spoken in the northeast of Thailand, where it is usually referred to as the Isan language.

    The Lao language serves as an important lingua franca as the country of Laos consists of multiple ethnic groups, whose population speaks about 86 different languages.

    Spoken Lao is mutually intelligible with the Thai language (the two languages are written with slightly different scripts but are linguistically similar).

    Lao, like many languages in Laos,…

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  15. Papiamento - Dutch Antilles

    The language of the Dutch Antilles islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

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  16. Uyghur - Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China

    I am a teacher in Xinjiang University, China, and a researcher at the Key Laboratory of intelligent information processing of Xinjiang University. We find it is necessary to add Uyghur language in Bing Ttranslator.

    Uyghur is a Turkic language with about 10 million speakers mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, and also in Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, the USA and Uzbekistan.

    95 votes
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  17. Bosnian Speech - Bosnia

    Bosnian voice transmission

    15 votes
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  18. 16 votes
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  19. 35 votes
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  20. Telugu - Andhra Pradesh - Telangana - Yanam - India

    Telugu is a Dravidian language native to India. It stands alongside Hindi, English and Bengali as one of the only languages which predominate in more than one Indian state; it is the primary language in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as well as in the town of Yanam where it is also an official language.

    97 votes
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