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YouTube adds support for 15 more languages

YouTube adds support for 15 more languages

by AshwinApril 14, 2015

Google’s video sharing service just got support for 15 more languages.


The announcement was made on YouTube’s official Google+ page.

According to YouTube, the service now supports over 95% of languages used on the internet. And the addition of the 15 languages brings the total to an impressive sum of 76 languages, supported by YouTube.

(Refer to the above image for a full list of supported languages.)

And without further ado, here is the list of the new languages added to YouTube:

  1. Azerbaijani – Azərbaycan (az)
  2. Armenian – Հայերեն (hy)
  3. Georgian – ქართული (ka)
  4. Kazakh – Қазақ Тілі (kk)
  5. Khmer – ខ្មែរ (km), Kirghiz
  6. Кыргызча (ky)
  7. Lao – ລາວ (lo)
  8. Macedonian – Македонски (mk)
  9. Mongolian – Монгол (mn)
  10. Myanmar (Burmese) – ဗမာ (my)
  11. Nepali – नेपाली (ne)
  12. Punjabi – ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (pa)
  13. Sinhala – සිංහල (si)
  14. Albanian – Shqip (sq)
  15. Uzbek – OʻZbekcha (uz)

These aren’t the machine translated languages, which are used by Google Translate. The languages supported by YouTube are used in the website’s interface for navigation, (i.e the text, links, buttons, etc.) as pointed out by Engadget.

Videos available in YouTube are only available in the languages they were recorded in, there is no voice translation in the website, at least not yet. But that shouldn’t be a damper, as the website does support captions in over 165 languages.

Did you know that YouTube was launched in 2005? And they are still adding languages, 10 years since it was introduced?

Yes, apparently not all the languages in the World are supported by the website yet. It is true, and a bit shocking, isn’t it?  Technology has advanced so much in the past decade, from smartphones to tablets, to wearables and what not, but even basic things like adding support for languages seems to have been crawling at a dead man’s pace.

It kind of makes you wonder how those users whose languages were added today, used to navigate YouTube prior to the update. Unless they knew a second language supported by YouTube, it must have been a difficult ride so far, and should remain so for those, whose languages aren’t available on YouTube yet.

On a side note, YouTube is preparing to launch a premium subscription service. It will offer an ad-free experience for subscribers, and also allow them to download videos for offline viewing on mobile devices. The service doesn’t have a name yet, but it could be a replacement for YouTube Music Key, which was announced in November 2014. It isn’t final yet, but could debut in June 2015, which is just a couple of months away.