Think Google Translate can handle all of your translation needs? Think again! There are around 3,570 written languages in the world. Google can only translate 103 of them. What’s missing? Popular languages with millions of speakers.
The gaps in Google Translate’s coverage of the world are most glaring in Africa, Asia and South America. Here are 8 surprising languages that Google can’t translate.
With around 60 million native speakers, Cantonese is the official language of Hong Kong and Macau. It is the 24th most commonly spoken language in the world. It has more native speakers than Dutch, Swedish and Greek put together. And it’s not included in Google Translate. At the moment, Google only supports Mandarin Chinese, though that will likely change in the future.
Odia or Oriya
- Has 33 million native speakers
- Is an official language of India and the Indian states of Odisha and Jharkhand
- is designated as a “Classical Language” in India AND
- is not covered by Google Translate?
The answer is Odia, also known as Oriya. This is another language that the Google Translate team is working on. It hasn’t been a high priority because “The online presence of Odia is quite insignificant,” as Subhashish Panigrahi, programme officer at Centre for Internet and Society, explained to the Telegraph of India. Read more