Crimean Tatar language to be added to Google Translate


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Google’s online translation service, Google Translate, will soon feature 110 new languages. Among those already available for users is Crimean Tatar. Google announced in a blog post that it is using its Pathways Language Model (PaLM) 2 to carry out what will be the largest expansion to date of the diversity of languages it supports.

Some of the new languages users will find on Google Translate will include:


Afar, a tonal language spoken in Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia
Cantonese, a Chinese language that many users have requested from Google Translate
Crimean Tatar, the Indigenous Turkic language of Crimean Tatars
Manx, a Celtic language used on the Isle of Man
N’Ko, a standardized form of West African Mandinka languages
Punjabi (Shahmukhi), a variant of Punjabi written in Perso-Arabic script and the most widely spoken language in Pakistan
Tamazight (Berber), a Berber language spoken in the central Atlas Mountains of Morocco
Tok Pisin, an English-based creole and the lingua franca of Papua New Guinea


The decades-long ban on studying the Crimean Tatar language has led to it being classified by UNESCO as seriously endangered.


As reported earlier, Russian occupiers have intensified pressure on Crimean Tatar media.


Google noted that in January 2023, Ukraine established its National Commission on Crimean Tatar Language to protect it.


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