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From Amharic to Xhosa, introducing Translate in 13 new languages -- now over 100 in total!
"Before you dive into translating, here are a few fun facts about the new languages: Amharic (Ethiopia) is the second most widely spoken Semitic language after Arabic Corsican (Island of Corsica, France) is closely related to Italian and was Napoleon's first language Frisian (Netherlands and Germany) is the native language of over half the inhabitants of the Friesland province of the Netherlands Kyrgyz (Kyrgyzstan) is the language of the Epic of Manas, which is 20x longer than the Iliad and the Odyssey put together Hawaiian (Hawaii) has lent several words to the English language, such as ukulele and wiki Kurdish (Kurmanji) (Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria) is written with Latin letters while the others two varieties of Kurdish are written with Arabic script Luxembourgish (Luxembourg) completes the list of official EU languages Translate covers Samoan (Samoa and American Samoa) is written using only 14 letters Scots Gaelic (Scottish highlands, UK) was introduced by Irish settlers in the 4th century AD Shona (Zimbabwe) is the most widely spoken of the hundreds of languages in the Bantu family Sindhi (Pakistan and India) was the native language of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the "Father of the Nation” of Pakistan Pashto (Afghanistan and Pakistan) is written in Perso-Arabic script with an additional 12 letters, for a total of 44 Xhosa (South Africa) is the second most common native language in the country after Afrikaans and features three kinds of clicks, represented by the letters x, q and c." ‎- maitani