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Microsoft Translator adds Galician and Basque, commits to endangered language preservation

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What you need to know

  • Two more languages have made their way to Microsoft Translator.
  • They are Galician and Basque.
  • Microsoft has also reiterated its commitment to preserving endangered languages.

Animal species aren't the only thing going extinct these days; languages are also dying off. And that's why Microsoft's committed to ensuring that Translator preserves as many of them as possible. As such, expect more and more additions to come Translator's way.

Most recently, Galician and Basque are headed to the service. In its announcement of the news (opens in new tab), Microsoft included some trivia about the pair of tongues for those not familiar with their origins: "Basque is a language isolate, meaning it is not related to any other modern language. Basque is spoken in northern Spain and southern France in a region that straddles the Pyrenees Mountains. Galician is spoken in northern Portugal and western Spain. It is a Romance language that is closely related to Portuguese. Both languages are co-official languages of Spain."

Not too long ago, Microsoft also added Zulu and Somali. And in its latest announcement, it touted some of the endangered languages it's taken part in preserving, which include Māori, Inuktitut, and Yucatec Maya.

The company has a form you can fill out right here (opens in new tab) if you have a language in need of preservation.

Translator's journey isn't restricted to adding and preserving languages. It's also enhancing translations for what's already in its roster thanks to new and upgraded AI models Microsoft's developing to keep Azure Cognitive Services on the cutting edge. What that means is that in both the present and future, you can expect common languages such as English and French to more accurately convert to each other.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • I confess I'd never heard of Galician before. I assumed it was related to Gaelic until reading the article. Thanks for the education, Robert and Windows Central.
  • And thank you for reading. 🙏
  • Basque. Amazing. That's one langusgeyI actually speak, and they're really working on cultural preservation. So this is a great move by MS. I applaud it.
  • ¡Muy bien, Microsoft!