Everyone reading this is probably already aware of Gmail. If you are not then where have you been? Gmail is one of the largest email clients available on the internet and actively boasts well over 500 million monthly users. If you are not currently using Gmail you can be sure you know someone who is.
With such a large worldwide user-base it is not surprising that Google are consistently striving to add and integrate as many languages and dialects as possible. Up until now Gmail had been available in 58 languages resulting in an extremely versatile application which constantly grows in newer regions. However Google do not seem happy with the current growth and today announced the inclusion of another 13 languages. This takes Gmail’s overall language capability to 71 which according to Ian Hill (Senior Project Manager for Google localization) “covers 94% of the World’s internet population“.
The new languages made available today include Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.
In the announcement Ian Hill also advised that great effort and work had been implemented to make sure the translations were as accurate as possible.
“…both Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional Chinese characters. However, you’ll notice that Gmail’s new Chinese (Hong Kong) language uses 收件箱 for “Inbox” instead of 收件匣, which is a word more common in Taiwan”.
The new languages were made available this morning on Gmail and as such can be used now by heading to your Gmail account, clicking on the small tools icon (top right corner and looks like a cog), clicking on ‘settings’ and then using the drop down menu beside ‘Gmail display language’ under ‘Language’.