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Google Translate now supports 103 languages, including Hawaiian, Kyrgyz, and Xhosa

Google Translate has added support for 13 more languages, the team behind the tool announced yesterday, bringing the total number of tongues it supports to 103. Included in this latest update is support for Scots Gaelic, Kurdish, Amharic, the official working language of Ethiopia, and Xhosa, the second most common native language in South Africa after Afrikaans.

Some of the languages have a wider appeal than others — only 57,000 people are estimated to speak Gaelic in Scotland, compared to the 45 million or more in the Pashto-speaking diaspora worldwide — but altogether Google says the new additions make Translate useful to an extra 120 million people, from Asia to Africa, Europe, and Hawaii. The update will be arriving on the machine translation tool over the coming days, and Google is calling on speakers of the newly added languages to contribute their own interpretations.

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