(Relaxnews) – The must have app for back-packers, ex-pats and business travelers now supports 80 languages, including Zulu.
In all, the update brings nine new languages, spoken by over 200 million people globally, to its desktop, tablet and smartphone app; the most prominent of which, Punjabi, is the native tongue of over 100 million.
But as well as India and Pakistan, tourists will be able to travel to Mongolia and Nepal and be able to get by with more than just wild hand gestures.
Beyond Asia, Google has improved its African coverage with the additions of Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba (spoken in Nigeria and neighboring countries); Somali (spoken in Horn of Africa as well as Somalia); and Zulu for those heading to South Africa. The ninth and final addition is Maori, the native tongue of 160,000 New Zealanders.
Google is also asking for volunteers to sign up to the Translate service to help improve its quality and expand the number of languages the system supports.
And be warned, like most of Google’s services, they improve over time as more and more people use them and the systems improve. So don’t expect an English-to-Zulu translation to be as fast or accurate as English to French or Spanish. So best pack a phrase book too, just to be on the safe side.