Earlier this month Frisian, spoken by about 400,000 people, mainly in the northern areas of the Netherlands, was included in Google translate.
Good news for those who struggle to understand people in the Netherlands’ northwest province of Friesland: from Thursday, Google Translate will add Frisian to its online translation service. According to the Volkskrant, volunteers with a high or native level of Frisian have been busy translating a million words from English.
But how was this achieved? Last September a “Frisian translate day” was organised to contribute over 200,000 thousands of translations to the database.
It’s estimated that up to 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world–the vast majority of them used by less than 100,000 people. But for those native speakers, the web–roughly a third of which is in English–is pretty inaccessible. The Google Translate Community is an effort to bring the web to more global communities…