Skype Translator, the real time feature that translates spoken language into written text during a Skype call, adds Arabic as its latest supported language. Continue reading Skype Translator now supports Arabic
The new Wikispeech platform will be optimized for Wikipedia but published as open source and initially available in Swedish, English and Arabic. Continue reading Wikispeech: How Wikipedia will learn to Talk to You
To build a vibrant Arabic web, Google created Arabic Web Days, an initiative in the Middle East and North Africa focused on boosting Arabic content online. Continue reading With Arabic Web Days Google Wants to Create a Vibrant Arabic Web
And by fast I mean really fast. In the past 10 years the use of Arabic on the Internet grew by an impressive 2500%. Whereas in the year 2000 only 2 million Arabic-speaking users surfed the world wide web, in 2011 there were 65 million of them. And with an estimated 280 million speakers of Arabic as their first language there is still room for growth.
In comparison, the second fastest growing language is Russian with 1826% followed by Chinese on third place with 1277%, Spanish with 743% and English with 281%.
What are the languages that will be most widely spoken by the middle of this century? According to so called engco model of language forecasting the top 5 languages in 2050 are going to be
I guess, there is no big surprise in this list in the end but those are undoubtedly the realities that children have to face when growing up and search their workplace in this globalized world, even more so than us today. It is expected that Chinese, Spanish and English will be the dominant languages in global commerce.