News

You can now use Google Translate to translate articles on Wikipedia

Zulu is one of the languages that will be supported by Google Translate, and previously had no machine translation support in our content translation. Zulu has 12 million speakers and only about 1,100 Wikipedia articles. Screenshot by Pau Giner/Wikimedia Foundation; text from the English Wikipedia article about Halley's Comet; all CC BY-SA 3.0.

An update to our content translation tool.

Studies estimate that there are more than 7,000 languages spoken around the world. Wikipedia exists in about 300 of them. That’s about 4 percent of some of the world’s languages documenting some of the world’s knowledge.

Consider the Arabic language. With more than 420 million speakers, it’s one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Yet, only 3 percent of internet content today is available in Arabic. Or consider Zulu, with more than 12 million speakers—but only about 1,100 Wikipedia articles.

In the Wikimedia vision lies a core promise to everyone who uses our sites—all the world’s knowledge, for free, and in your own language. We have a long way to go to achieving that vision, but we’re excited about the expansion of a tool we already know has been successful in helping us get there.

Our content translation tool has been used to translate nearly 400,000 articles on Wikipedia. We leverage machine translation to support editors by producing an initial translation of an article they can then review, edit, and improve. Today, we’re excited to announce that Google Translate, one of the most advanced machine translation systems available today, will now be available for editors to utilize when translating articles through the content translation tool.

How it works

Integrating Google Translate into the content translation tool on Wikipedia has been long-requested by volunteer editor communities. Editors can select from several machine translation systems to support an initial article translation, Google Translate now being one of these options. By introducing Google Translate as one of the machine translation systems, the content translation tool can now support an additional 15 languages, including Hausa, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Yoruba, and Zulu. Today, the content translation tool can facilitate translations in 121 total languages.

We’re excited to collaborate with Google on this new added functionality of the content translation tool. Translations will be published under a free license that allows content to be integrated back into Wikipedia in line with our own licensing policies. No personal data will be shared with Google or Wikimedia as part of Google Translate’s integration into the content translation tool.

If you have questions about this new functionality and how it works, you can also take a look at the FAQ on MediaWiki.org and post any questions on the project’s talk page.

Stay tuned for more updates on the content translation tool and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language team’s work to expand language support for all the world’s knowledge in all the world’s languages.

Runa Bhattacharjee, Senior Engineering Manager, Language
Pau Giner, Senior User Experience Designer, Audiences Design
Wikimedia Foundation

Related — 有關

Read further in the pursuit of knowledge

Google and Wikimedia Foundation partner to increase knowledge equity online

Communications Endowment Foundation

From our beginning, Wikipedia has aspired to create a world where knowledge is free, accessible and useful to everyone, in every language, in every country, and across any device. Although the volunteers who make Wikipedia possible have made great strides towards achieving this vision, we’re still a long way from getting there. They say Rome….

Read more

Many faces of Wikibase: Lingua Libre makes [ˈlæŋgwəʤəz] audible

Affiliates Technology

Languages and multilinguality have always been an important part of the Wikimedia projects. After all, Wikimedia projects are available in over 300 languages. But most of these languages are accessible as a form of knowledge of their own only in their written form. Lingua Libre aims to change that by making the sound of a….

Read more

You can trial content translation (version two!) right now

Foundation Technology

On International Translation Day, we are opening up early access to version two of the content translation tool, which simplifies the process of translating Wikipedia articles for Wikimedia’s volunteer translators. First released in January 2015, more than 350,000 Wikipedia articles have been created using the tool. Content translation’s second version, previewed last April, is a….

Read more

Help us unlock the world’s knowledge.

As a nonprofit, Wikipedia and our related free knowledge projects are powered primarily through donations.

Donate now

Connect — Conecta

Stay up-to-date on our work.

Get email updates

Subscribe to news about ongoing projects and initiatives.

Contact a human

Questions about the Wikimedia Foundation or our projects? Get in touch with our team.

Contact