Google Translate is 72

Well it was yesterday and with a degree or two of modesty it is only claiming to be “… more than 70”.

It reached this milestone with the addition of the 5 starred languages which they reckon in total are spoken by more than 183 million people globally.

The less well known of the 5 they expand on as follows:

  • Cebuano is one of the languages spoken in the Philippines, predominantly in the middle (Visayas) and southern (Mindanao) regions of the nation.
  • Hmong is spoken in many countries across the world, including China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and throughout the United States.
  • Marathi is spoken in India and has 73 million native speakers. Google Translate already supports several other Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

From the original 65 the new languages to us are:

  • Galician is a language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch. It is spoken by some 3 million people, mainly in Galicia, an autonomous community located in northwestern Spain, where it is official along with Spanish.
  • Kannada is a language spoken in India predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (Kannaigaru) and number roughly 38 million, is one of the 40 most spoken languages in the world. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka.
  • Telugu is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh where it is an official language. It is also spoken by significant minorities in the states of Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and in Yanam, in the union territory of Puducherry. One of the four classical languages of India, Telugu ranks third by the number of native speakers in India (74 million), thirteenth in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide, and the most spoken Dravidian language. It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India.

Our information on the above three languages comes from Wikipedia.

To find out more about the allegedly 7,105 living languages around the world you could do worse than visit Ethnologue

Google Translate  is we believe an awesome facility which we use more often than we care to mention!

There are of course the ubiquitous apps for both Android  and iOS.

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