Microsoft Introduces Arabic Translation to Skype

June 2, 2016 Farah Fathy

In order to connect even more people with their friends, family and colleagues around the globe, Skype introduced Arabic as a new spoken language.

Skype Translator will now speak Arabic, bringing their spoken languages to eight. Other languages include English, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Italian and Portuguese.

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First launched in 2014, Skype Translator supports eight spoken languages and over 50 written languages, meaning that many users can converse on a global scale in their own language.

The Arabic language is spoken by more than 450 million people worldwide and is the official language in more than 22 countries. This is why adding Arabic has been on Skype's radar for a while now.

Skype released a blog post focused on this exciting news and said the following of the new addition: "The Arabic language release is especially important to us, because there is such a diverse Arabic speaking population all over the world. The ability to communicate with someone in their own language has the potential to enhance and build important relationships. For example, younger generations who speak a different language can communicate with extended family; or newly formed and migrating families are able to stay connected with family and friends back home; or educational institutions can tap the vast pool of knowledge between cultures."

In order to use the Arabic language in Skype, all you need to do is go to their language setting and click on the "global" icon. Then select your messaging and spoken language from the drop-down menu. After that, it is as easy as typing a sentence and clicking send.

To read more, please see: Microsoft Skype Translator Now Supports Arabic with Real-Time Translation.

Further Resources on Arabic Culture, Language and Translation

Globalization Partners International (GPI) has extensive experience localizing marketing materials, technical documents, and large, scalable websites into the Arabic language. We have previously posted a number of useful guides for best practices in this area. Feel free to review our blogs that are particularly relevant:

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About the Author

Farah Fathy

Farah is a native Arabic speaker born and resides in Cairo, Egypt. She received her degree in Commerce and English from Ain-Shams University studying marketing, management, economics and accounting. Her experience includes working in various specialties in global digital marketing with specific training in Link Building, Website Traffic Analysis, On-page Optimization and Off-page Optimization as well as standard Social Media Marketing. She is skilled in a variety of tools including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Light Room and SEO tools such as Google Keyword Planner, SeoMoz, Opensite Explorer, Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools. She enjoys playing sports such as swimming and basketball and loves to read in her spare time.

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