Waray, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan & Pangasinan Are Now Added in Google Translate!

Five more Filipino native languages are now added to Google Translate!

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Google Translate has been the go-to translator by the majority of the people when they want to converse with people that have a different language than them. However, Google Translate only supported 133 languages, but a recent update has revealed that the translator is now supporting 110 more languages.

The Update

According to Google this act of adding 110 new languages to the translation tool is the biggest expansion that they had done yet. The languages that were added are mostly spoken by roughly 614 million people, about 8% of the world’s population.

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The languages mostly consist of African languages which mostly took up 25% of the 110 languages. It was further revealed that there are also languages that were only spoken by indigenous minorities while some have no native speakers but are currently under revitalization.

Filipino Native Languages Have Been Added Too!

Five Filipino native languages were added along with the 110 new languages that were recently added to Google Translate! The dialects are Waray, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan and Pangasinan. 


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A language which is the native spoken tongue of the Waray people, and second spoken language of the Akbanon people of Capul, Northern Samar, and other Cebuano speaking people of western and southern parts of Leyte. This dialect is currently the fifth most spoken dialect in the Philippines and a dialect that is native to Eastern Visayas. 


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A native language that is mostly spoken by the peoples of Bicol region. The speakers of this dialect can be commonly found in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and the island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate. 


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Often referred to as Ilonggo or Binisaya, this dialect is one of the most spoken native languages in the country. This native language is commonly heard in the Western parts of Visayas, and South Cotabato.


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This native language is the main spoken tongue of the people in the province of Pampanga and South of Tarlac. Currently, this language is one of the 8 main languages in the Philippines. 


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Not to be confused with the province Pangasinan, this is a language that is widely spoken by the people of Northern Tarlac and the majority of Pangasinan people. Currently, this native language is also part of the major languages used in the Philippines.

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