Google Translate added support for nine more languages today, including four from Asia: Punjabi, Nepali, Maori, and Mongolian.
Punjabi is the ninth most-spoken language in the world, spanning India, Pakistan, and the diaspora. It’s a common language used in Bollywood films. Punjabi is the native tongue of more than 100 million people worldwide.
Nepali has 42 million native speakers, mainly spoken in Nepal and a few Northeast Indian states.
Maori is a language spoken by the minority native population of New Zealand. Mongolian is spoken in, you guessed it, Mongolia.
We tested out Punjabi and Nepali to English translations on a couple websites in Chrome to see if they were any good. For Punjabi, from what we can tell, it’s about the same quality as what you would get translating Chinese to English – far from perfect but manageable. Nepali was less coherent. I had trouble comprehending anything on the page, and many of the words were left untranslated. As users contribute better translations, the quality will likely improve.
In total, Google Translate now supports 80 languages.
(Source: Google Asia Pacific Blog)
(Editing by Josh Horwitz)