Language Support

The Translation API's recognition engine supports a wide variety of languages for the Phrase-Based Machine Translation (PBMT) and Neural Machine Translation (NMT) models. These languages are specified within a recognition request using language code parameters as noted on this page. Most language code parameters conform to ISO-639-1 identifiers, except where noted.

Language Support for the Phrase-Based Machine Translation Model

A complete list of language tags supported by the Phrase-Based Machine Translation (PBMT) model are shown in the following table. This list will be updated as new languages are added to the Translation API's PBMT model.

Language ISO-639-1 Code
Afrikaans af
Albanian sq
Amharic am
Arabic ar
Armenian hy
Azeerbaijani az
Basque eu
Belarusian be
Bengali bn
Bosnian bs
Bulgarian bg
Catalan ca
Cebuano ceb (ISO-639-2)
Chinese (Simplified) zh-CN (BCP-47)
Chinese (Traditional) zh-TW (BCP-47)
Corsican co
Croatian hr
Czech cs
Danish da
Dutch nl
English en
Esperanto eo
Estonian et
Finnish fi
French fr
Frisian fy
Galician gl
Georgian ka
German de
Greek el
Gujarati gu
Haitian Creole ht
Hausa ha
Hawaiian haw (ISO-639-2)
Hebrew iw
Hindi hi
Hmong hmn (ISO-639-2)
Hungarian hu
Icelandic is
Igbo ig
Indonesian id
Irish ga
Italian it
Japanese ja
Javanese jw
Kannada kn
Kazakh kk
Khmer km
Korean ko
Kurdish ku
Kyrgyz ky
Lao lo
Latin la
Latvian lv
Lithuanian lt
Luxembourgish lb
Macedonian mk
Malagasy mg
Malay ms
Malayalam ml
Maori mi
Marathi mr
Mongolian mn
Myanmar (Burmese) my
Nepali ne
Norwegian no
Nyanja (Chichewa) ny
Pashto ps
Persian fa
Polish pl
Portuguese pt
Punjabi pa
Romanian ro
Russian ru
Samoan sm
Scots Gaelic gd
Serbian sr
Sesotho st
Shona sn
Sindhi sd
Sinhala (Sinhalese) si
Slovak sk
Slovenian sl
Somali so
Spanish es
Sundanese su
Swahili sw
Swedish sv
Tagalog (Filipino) tl
Tajik tg
Tamil ta
Telugu te
Thai th
Turkish tr
Ukrainian uk
Urdu ur
Uzbek uz
Vietnamese vi
Welsh cy
Xhosa xh
Yiddish yi
Yoruba yo
Zulu zu

Language Support for the Neural Machine Translation Model

The Google Cloud Translation API Neural Machine Translation (NMT) model supports the language translation pairs shown in the following table. This list will be updated as new languages are added to the Translation API's NMT model.

Language Pair Language Codes
Afrikaans <-> English af <-> en
Albanian <-> English sq <-> en
Amharic <-> English am <-> en
Arabic <-> English ar <-> en
Armenian <-> English hy <-> en
Azeerbaijani <-> English az <-> en
Basque <-> English eu <-> en
Bengali <-> English bn<-> en
Bosnian <-> English bs <-> en
Bulgarian <-> English bg <-> en
Catalan <-> English ca <-> en
Cebuano <-> English ceb (ISO-639-2) <-> en
Chinese (Simplified) <-> English zh-CN * <-> en
Chinese (Traditional) <-> English zh-TW <-> en
Corsican <-> English co <-> en
Croatian <-> English hr <-> en
Czech <-> English cs <-> en
Danish <-> English da <-> en
Dutch <-> English nl <-> en
Estonian <-> English et <-> en
Finnish <-> English fi <-> en
French <-> English fr <-> en
Galician <-> English gl <-> en
Georgian <-> English ka <-> en
German <-> English de <-> en
Greek <-> English el <-> en
Gujarati <-> English gu<-> en
Hebrew <-> English iw <-> en
Hindi <-> English hi <-> en
Hungarian <-> English hu<-> en
Icelandic <-> English is <-> en
Indonesian <-> English id <-> en
Italian <-> English it <-> en
Japanese <-> English ja <-> en
Javanese <-> English jw <-> en
Kannada <-> English kn <-> en
Kazakh <-> English kk <-> en
Khmer <-> English km <-> en
Korean <-> English ko <-> en
Kurdish <-> English ku <-> en
Latvian <-> English lv <-> en
Lithuanian <-> English lt <-> en
Macedonian <-> English mk <-> en
Malay <-> English ms <-> en
Malayalam <-> English ml<-> en
Maltese** <- English mt <- en
Marathi <-> English mr<-> en
Mongolian <-> English mn <-> en
Norwegian <-> English no <-> en
Nyanja (Chichewa) <-> English ny <-> en
Pashto <-> English ps <-> en
Persian <-> English fa <-> en
Polish <-> English pl <-> en
Portuguese <-> English pt <-> en
Punjabi <-> English pa<-> en
Romanian <-> English ro <-> en
Russian <-> English ru <-> en
Serbian <-> English sr <-> en
Sesotho <-> English st <-> en
Shona <-> English sn <-> en
Sindhi <-> English sd <-> en
Sinhala (Sinhalese) <-> English si <-> en
Slovak <-> English sk <-> en
Slovenian <-> English sl <-> en
Spanish <-> English es <-> en
Swahili <-> English sw <-> en
Swedish <-> English sv <-> en
Tagalog (Filipino) <-> English tl <-> en
Tamil <-> English ta <-> en
Telugu <-> English te <-> en
Thai <-> English th <-> en
Turkish <-> English tr <-> en
Ukrainian <-> English uk <-> en
Urdu <-> English ur <-> en
Uzbek <-> English uz <-> en
Vietnamese <-> English vi <-> en
Xhosa <-> English xh <-> en
Zulu <-> English zu <-> en

* Simplified Chinese may be specified either by zh-CN or zh.

** Maltese (mt) to English (en) is currently not supported for the NMT model.

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