Hebrew support is here. What do you want to see next?


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I am pleased to announce that we just added Hebrew to the list of languages that we support. You can immediately use it in Bing Translator, in IE8, with the widget, with the messenger bot, inside Office and of course with the API.

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I would like to congratulate our language quality and coverage team on the progress they have been making with new languages. Over the next few months you will see more languages added to the mix, and also continue to see quality improvements for existing languages. Feel free to leave a comment on this thread about any languages you would particularly like to see.

We have also had many of you contacting us about helping find data sources that can be useful to train the machine translation system on – we appreciate your help! Our email address is mtcont@microsoft.com. Do stay in touch!

-Vikram


Comments (48)

  1. yannis says:

    Congratulations on the new language!

    I’d like to see support for Greek and Turkish in Bing Translator.

  2. noam says:

    YES!!!!

    been waiting forever!

  3. Nima says:

    Great job guys!! While you’re in the middle east, how about adding support for Persian/Farsi??

    Keep up the good work :)

  4. Kourosh says:

    Support for the Persian language would be fantastic!!!!

    Thanks a lot.

  5. Very cool.

    I’m asking you to add Persian to your supported languages as it has a reasonable number of speakers in the world plus that there are many resources written in Persian that are invaluable to other speakers in the world. The number of Persian blogs/sites is very high (Iran, one of the Persian countries, is the third country in the world in regards to the number of blogs) and the translation of these resources can have a huge impact on the web.

  6. At least because of recent media situation and censorship in Iran it is necessary to provide Persian (Farsi) translation as well. The world really needs it.

  7. It would be more pleasant if you add Persian language as well. Thanks anyway.

  8. Anon says:

    I would like to see support for Greek like at Google.

  9. yah says:

    danish and other east european languages

  10. Paul says:

    I would really like to see Welsh added.  I haven’t really seen any translators with this available.

  11. Susan Tsairi says:

    This is great news!

    Next?  How about making the widget narrower to fit the right sidebar in Ning Networks?

  12. Hanan Cohen says:

    The Microsoft Translator doesn’t translate the word "Microsoft" 😉

  13. Tom Ove says:

    I would very much like to see Norwegian added.

  14. kiran says:

    It would be fine if you add the following languages to Bing Translator.

    Albanian

    Bulgarian

    Catalan

    Croatian

    Czech

    Danish

    Estonian

    Filipino

    Finnish

    Galician

    Greek

    Hindi

    Hungarian

    Indonesian

    Latvian

    Lithuanian

    Maltese

    Norwegian

    Persian

    Romanian

    Serbian

    Slovak

    Slovenian

    Swedish

    Thai

    Turkish

    Ukrainian

    Vietnamese

  15. Mario says:

    Icelandic support would be great!

    Congrats on the Hebrew announcement

  16. would like the thai language dictionary and learning aids for the language

  17. qualitydirectory says:

    It’s a necessary addition. I would like to see popular African languages like Swahili, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba added as well.

  18. Madi says:

    I would very much like to see Indonesian added.

  19. Terry Emery says:

    I would like the Malaysian language added.

  20. Jonathan Roberts says:

    Yeah, I’d like Swedish, outside europe Farsi, Urdu and Arabic

  21. rick says:

    NE MOZE LJUBAV DA NE STANE………

    Whatever that language above is.

  22. Jeff says:

    How about Chinee pin yin?  This is much more readable for non native Chinese readers.  Should be minimal effort, as it is it diretly maps from the Chinese characters.

  23. Nicol says:

    Finnish and Swedish, please! :)

  24. alasdair maccorquodale says:

    I would like to see Scottish gaelic & Welsh

  25. cawi17 says:

    Hi, I tried to use Bing Translator Thai (Hebrew) text to translate to English, but it still come out as Thai encoding text. Anything I do worong? Thanks

  26. Tae says:

    Adding Thai to MS’s offical translator is good!

  27. Azhar says:

    i want that translation in urdu language is available.

  28. Azhar says:

    I want that urdu language translation is available

  29. SCH says:

    In addition the ones listed above by kiran, I would like to see Haitian Creole and Brazilian Portuguese. Thanks.

  30. Batko says:

    I vote for Ukrainian.

    The elections are coming in Ukraine and the world will be interested in information from local sources.

  31. Alan says:

    If at all possible, could Welsh be added please :)

  32. Vikram Dendi says:

    Hi folks – thanks for all the votes for Ukranian. We are working on adding it to our language list.

    Alan, we have certainly been interested in Welsh. We will need to find more data for training in order to provide a reasonable Welsh machine translation system.

    Subscribe to this blog to stay tuned to the news on the languages that we add regularly.

    -Vikram Dendi

    Microsoft Translator

  33. z3lanh says:

    Congrats on the Hebrew announcement

  34. John says:

    Persian Farsi would be a very nice addition.

    There are currently very few online translators that work with Farsi and I would love to use Bing instead of Google translator, which often provides poor translations.

  35. Takako Aikawa says:

    We’ll keep working on the expansion of our languages.  When we get enough training data for Farsi in the future, we’ll release it.  Thanks for using Bing Translator.

  36. Christine- Norway says:

    wow this is great…  But wish you can put Norwegian on the first place for  new translator language expansions …

    It could make us norwegiens more inter active with the rest of the world!!!! please!!!!!

  37. Ali says:

    Please Add Persian/Farsi … Thanks Bing

  38. R knight says:

    I’d like to see some African languages included too like Yoruba, Berber, Igbo, Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, etc.

  39. KAZMI SYED says:

    I’d like  to  see pakistan languages ( URDU )

    ENGLISH  TO  URDU

    ease Add english  to  urdu/urdu … Thanks Bing

  40. KAZMI SYED says:

    I’d like  to  see pakistan languages ( URDU )

    ENGLISH  TO  URDU

    ease Add english  to  urdu/urdu … Thanks Bing

  41. M says:

    I’d like to see English to Hindi, and Hindi to English translation added. India having the 3rd highest population, I believe(?) should have Hindi added to Bing.

  42. peacefullaim says:

    Would be difficult probably but very nice to have Native American language translations.

  43. MTTeam says:

    Folks – thank you so much for all the feedback. @SCH, you might have noticed that we added Haitian Creole recently. We also have Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Greek and Thai as has been requested by you earlier. The currently supported list is here: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/help/#Languages

    Here is the list of languages that have been requested. I have passed these on to our team – stay tuned for further announcements on this blog.

    Albanian

    African

    Catalan

    Chinese pinyin

    Croatian

    Estonian

    Filipino

    Galician

    Hindi

    Hungarian

    Icelandic

    Indonesian

    Latvian

    Lithuanian

    Maltese

    Native American

    Norwegian

    Persian/Farsi

    Romanian

    Scottish gaelic

    Serbian

    Slovak

    Slovenian

    Turkish

    Ukranian

    Urdu

    Vietnamese

    Welsh

    Keep the requests coming!

    thanks!

    Vikram Dendi

    Microsoft Translator

  44. Baron Ron Esh' says:

    "שלום לעולם" -Shalom for the world" . From israel. Thank for Micrsoft.:)

  45. ben says:

    Is it possible to use keywords in Hebrew on the Microsoft adCenter?

    Hi Ben,

    Please contact adCenter help for this particular query.

    Ronit (Microsoft Translator team)

  46. MTTeam says:

    Hi Smokeandmirror,

    Thanks for the suggestion. We sure appreciate detail feedback as such to improve user experience.

    Ronit

    Microsoft Translator team

  47. David says:

    Bing is incomplete without the Persian language.we wait for persian / farsi Language …

  48. sg says:

    Farsi would be great