Translator welcomes two new languages: Somali and Zulu!

Image: A group of boys play football at sunset near the aqals in the town of Hargeysa, Somalia.

Today we’re adding two new languages ​​to Translator’s ever-growing list of languages: Somali and Zulu! Text translation in Somali and Zulu is now available in Microsoft Translator, Office and Translator for Bing. Using Translator, a Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service you can add Somali and Zulu 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 use Translator with Cognitive services like Speech Where computer vision to add additional features such as text-to-speech and image translation into your applications.

The Somali language

The Somali language is spoken throughout the Horn of Africa by over 21 million people in Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Djibouti and northern Kenya. The language belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. It is related to languages ​​such as Oromo, Afar and Hadiyya.

Here are some useful expressions in Somali:

English Somali
Hello Hague
My name is… Magacaygu waa…
I just… Waxaan ahay reer…

Learn more about Somali on Bing.

The Zulu language

The Zulu language is spoken by 12 million people in South Africa and neighboring countries. The Zulu language belongs to the Bantu language family, related to languages ​​such as Swahili and Xhosa.

Zulu is a native language of South Africa and is recognized as one of the 11 official languages ​​of South Africa. The Zulu people are known for their intricate beadwork, which is used both as decoration and as a form of communication to convey information about the wearer.

Here are some useful phrases in Zulu:

English Zulu
Hello Sawubona
My name is… Igama lami ngingu…
I just… Ngivela and …

Learn more about Zulu on Bing.

What you can do with Microsoft Translator

At home
Translate conversations, menus and road signs, websites, documents and more in real time using the Microsoft Translator app for iOS and Android.Learn more

At work
Globalize your business and customer interactions with customizable text and document translation using Azure Cognitive Services Translator.Learn more

In the classroom
Create a more inclusive classroom for students and parents with live captioning and cross-language understanding.Learn more