Google Dictionary doesn't include Turkish (yet?)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


I thought I was the only one who noticed, but the lack of Turkish in Google's new dictionary service has made the news in Turkey. The title of the article is Google'ın Türkiye'ye büyük ayıbı, or literally "Google's great shame towards Turkey". First the article goes over some of the background behind this and other Google services, and then mentions that the new service has dictionaries for English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Bengal, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Serbian, Tamil, Telugu, and Thai...but no Turkish.

A clever commenter has noticed that there is also no Polish in the list either. Another believes (correctly) that Google has no intention to ignore Turkish or any other language, and will certainly be adding support for Turkish and others when they get the chance.

3 comments:

Paul D. said...

I think we can all be reasonably certain that within a few years' time, Google Dictionary and most other services will be available in nearly every language with more than 10 million speakers, and for Western languages with far less (like Icelandic or Catalan).

Jon 'Cra-Z' Mahoney said...

It looks like a great dictionary for English but it's really not that good in a lot of language. I checked Russian and Portuguese. Thanks for sharing though. I didn't notice that service before.

Paul D. said...

I think we can all be reasonably certain that within a few years' time, Google Dictionary and most other services will be available in nearly every language with more than 10 million speakers, and for Western languages with far less (like Icelandic or Catalan).

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