Microsoft: Translator adds Basque and Galician

Today we are adding two new languages, Basque and Galician, to the list of languages ​​supported by Translator, a Microsoft Azure cognitive service. Basque and Galician are two Western European languages ​​spoken by 750,000 and 2.4 million people respectively.

Basque is an isolated language, which means that it is not related to any other modern language. Basque is spoken in northern Spain and southern France in a region straddling the Pyrenees. Galician is spoken in northern Portugal and western Spain. It is a Romance language closely related to Portuguese. Both languages ​​are co-official languages ​​of Spain.

Using Translator, you can translate to or from any of 100 languages ​​and dialects, now including Basque and Galician. As we continue to add new languages, Translator is available to help people translate in their personal lives, to help businesses expand their global reach, and is also used to help preserve at-risk and endangered languages.

Break the language barrier

Translator’s goal is to break down the language barrier so that people can communicate freely in the language of their choice and be understood by anyone in the world. Whether you’re a tourist traveling abroad, recently moved to a new country, or trying to email someone halfway around the world, Translator powers the tools that help you to communicate when and where you need it.

The Microsoft Translator app for iOS and android is your multifunctional personal translator. With the Microsoft Translator app, you can translate text, voice, images, and conversations. Translator for Bing is also available to quickly translate text on the web. You can use the translator function of the Edge browser to read web pages from around the world, you can quickly switch between languages ​​on your mobile device with SwiftKeyand use Outlook to communicate with people by e-mail, regardless of the language they speak.

Expand the reach of your business

Translator is integrated with Microsoft products and is available as a service to help you extend the reach of your business. With Microsoft 365, previously known as Office, you can instantly translate your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to make them accessible to a global workforce or customer base. You can also translate your Outlook emails to communicate worldwide.

Using Translator, a Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service, you can add text translation to your apps, websites, workflows, and tools; or use Translator’s document translation feature to translate entire documents, or volumes of documents, into a variety of different file formats while preserving their original formatting.

You can also create neural translation systems that understand terminology used in your own business and industry with Custom Translator. The custom translation system can then be used with text and document translation to integrate seamlessly into existing applications, workflows and websites.

To add additional features such as text-to-speech and image translation into your applications, you can use Translator with Cognitive services as Speech or computer vision.

Preserving endangered languages

In order to train new language models, we need to collect a large amount of bilingual training data. That is, documents written in the target language and in another language. As many languages ​​around the world die, Translator helps preserve languages ​​at risk. We worked with language communities around the world to collect and translate documents and then create language systems. Through this, we can ensure that these languages ​​are recorded and preserved for future generations.

Some of the at-risk languages ​​we have worked to preserve include Inuktitut, Maoriand Yucatec Maya. If your language community would like to partner with Microsoft to add your language to Translator and the products that use it, and you have access to digital materials in your language and another commonly spoken language, please contact us using this form.