Google tries to communicate in YOUR language

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google language growth

google language growth

Off to the right, you can see links or blue rectangle bars that allow you to translate my blog into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish and German in addition to the default English version of this blog.  These options are all thanks to Google translate.  And the behemoth Google recently announced they hit 40 languages despite me only providing 7 options at this time for this blog.  I guess I could try and add the other 33 languages, but not sure how much real estate that would take off to the right & also not sure if it would justify it 100%.  I don’t get an INCREDIBLE number of requests to translate my blog yet with the links to the right, but who knows?

Some of the other highlights of their recent achievement were:

  • 30 in 30: Today we have more than 30 products in more than 30 languages, up from 5 products in 30 languages just a year ago.
  • In 2004, we had 150 local-language versions of various products (e.g. a product local to the UK, not just the English-speaking world); today we’re at more than 1500.
  • From January to March of 2008, we launched 256 local-language versions of various products, compared to 55 in the same period of 2007.
  • We’ve upgraded to Unicode 5.1 to make sure that we can handle any characters people read or write in.

More about their linguistic achievement here.

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