Microsoft launches their Skype Translator program back in December 2014, and since then it has been facilitating connections and relationships across many languages. Last week Skype translator updated with Camera Translation from Arabic, but today they released Arabic as a Skype Translator spoken language.

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The Arabic language release is especially important to us, because there is such a diverse Arabic speaking population all over the world. The ability to communicate with someone in their own language has the potential to enhance and build important relationships. For example, younger generations who speak a different language can communicate with extended family; or newly formed and migrating families are able to stay connected with family and friends back home; or educational institutions can tap the vast pool of knowledge between cultures.

Specifically, we are releasing Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) which is used in the Middle East and Northern Africa as a standard form of the Arabic language. Unlike dialects which may vary greatly from country to country, MSA is used throughout the Arab-speaking world in written and formal communications. This version of Arabic is taught in schools and used by journalists, for example.

Arabic is the official language of 22 countries. It’s the native language of more than 200 million people residing in a geographical region stretching from Southwest Asia to Northwest Africa. Natural Language Processing researchers within Microsoft’s Advanced Technology Laboratory have been leading this project to train Arabic speech models for Skype Translator and for the Microsoft Translator apps for Android and iOS for in person translations.

Skype Translator now provides eight spoken languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), and -now- Arabic. This is not stop here, Skype is also supports more than 50 written language so anyone can text with others around the world, even though you don’t know how to speak on their language.

Source : Skype