UPDATE from Progress Report on Language Policy, Rights, and Multilingual Services (La Union, Philippines May 2013 by Firth McEachern)
Cebuano, the second most spoken language in the Philippines – boasting around 25 million speakers – is now supported by internet giant Google, Inc.
It was announced on May 8, 2013 that Cebuano is now an available language in Google Translate and on Google Search. If one goes to the Philippine portal at www.google.com.ph, one can see “Cebuano” added next to Filipino as one of the language options. It means that you can search the web using Cebuano as a medium to navigate the web pages.
Meanwhile, if you encounter Cebuano text that you don’t understand, or if you want to translate something into Cebuano, you can access Google Translate via the web at https://translate.google.com, on your Android or iOS device, or via Chrome and in Gmail.
The addition of Cebuano was announced simultaneous to four other languages: Bosnian, Javanese, Hmong, and Marathi. Google sa Translate misuporta na karon sa kapin sa 70 ka mga! (Google Translate now supports over 70 languages!)
With the exception of Bosnian, the new languages are “alpha versions,” meaning that they continue to be tested and improved over time.
“Google Translate helps bridge the divide between the content available online and people’s ability to access that information,” said Sveta Kelman, Google Translate Program Manager last May 10. “Familiarizing ourselves with other languages broadens our comprehension for information. It adds more meaning and sincerity in a conversation, too. Cebuano is an important language to us and we hope to have helped ease the language barrier with Google Translate,” added Gail Tan, Google Philippines Communications Manager.
Kapampangan group gets involved in Wikimedia
Wikimedia has confirmed recognition of The Dila Kapampangan chapter as Dila ning Kapampangan Wikimedia Community. As a recognized community in Wikimedia, it is eliglible for grant funding from Wikimedia Foundation for qualified projects. Dila ning Kapampangan Wikimedia Community is henceforth the official representative of the interests of the Kapampangan language in Wikimedia and its components like Wikipedia. Dila Kapampangan also hopes to engage Google on creating Kapampangan Google Search & Google Translate interfaces. [Adapted from email on DILA listserve, May 30 2013.]
From a report prepared by Firth M. McEachern | Consultant, Office of the Governor | Province of La Union | firstname.lastname@example.org