YouTube Getting Closer to Supporting 40 Languages
Article by George Norman
On 04 Oct 2010
The Google-owned video sharing site YouTube is one of the most popular online domains out there, which means million of people from all over the world access the site each and every day. No matter what Hollywood would have you think, everyone doesn’t speak and understand English. Since YouTube caters to an international audience, and since Google wants to offer users a pleasurable user experience, YouTube has to offer language support for as many languages as possible.

Back in August the development team behind YouTube announced that it added support for Croatian, Filipino, Serbian and Slovak, thus boosting the number of languages YouTube supports up to 28.

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A few days ago the development team behind the popular video sharing site announced that it added support for 7 new languages, which means the grand total of languages YouTube supports has jumped to 35. The 7 new languages YouTube now supports are as follows: Arabic, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Back in August, YouTube said it plans to provide support for a grand total of 40 languages by the end of 2010. “By the end of this year, our goal is to offer the YouTube experience in 40 languages, doubling the number we started with at the top of 2010. With each new rollout, we hope to make YouTube a bit more accessible to more people, regardless of where in the world they might live,” said Product Manager Brian Truong back in August.

The fact that the number of supported languages is up to 35 is proof that things are going the right way. Actually, if you take the time to count the number of languages YouTube provides support for at this time, you’ll be surprised when you get to 36. That’s only because you counted English (US) and English (UK). If you only count English, it amounts to 35 supported languages.

In related news, you may care to know that Google Translate now provides support for Latin.



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