Two new languages in Microsoft Translator: Somali and Zulu

Today, Microsoft is adding two new languages to Translator’s ever-growing list of languages—Somali and Zulu! Somali and Zulu text translation is available now in the Microsoft Translator apps, 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, in a variety of different file formats preserving their original formatting. You can also use Translator with Cognitive Services such as Speech or Computer Vision to add additional capabilities such as speech-to-text and image translation into your apps.

The Somali language

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

The Zulu language

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

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


Anne-Marie Colliander Lind
Anne-Marie is an expert Translation Industry Business Consultant focused on Growth strategies, Sales Coaching & Training, and Social Media. She is a regular speaker at events around the world.


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