You can now use Google Translate to translate articles on Wikipedia

Communications Technology Wikipedia

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….

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

Hello, my name is ________: Searching for names is not always straightforward

Foundation From the archives Technology

Names can be surprisingly complicated. What you think of as “your name” is probably a constellation of variations on a theme—possibly with a few random bits and bobs mixed in for good measure. Names that travel across cultures, languages, or writing systems cause all sorts of additional complications.

Read more

Confound it!—Supporting languages with multiple writing systems

From the archives Internationalization and localization Technology Wikipedia

Many of the languages of the world use two or more writing systems, like the familiar Arabic, Cyrillic, or Latin scripts. Supporting those languages and those scripts—for reading, editing, and searching—can be a real challenge.

Read more

New Wikipedia feature gives you the power to choose whatever language you want

Foundation From the archives Internationalization and localization Technology

A new feature makes it easier for English-speaking Wikipedia readers to find versions of the article they’re reading in other languages. To mark the occasion, Amir Aharoni of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language team details the history of interlanguage links on Wikipedia and details what went into the new feature.

Read more