Cherokee added to Gmail

Native American language Cherokee is the 57th language to be added to Google’s Gmail. Users can now exchange emails and instant chat messages in Cherokee syllabary. Google search began supporting the language last year.

The integration of the language was challenging as words such as “spam,” and “inbox,” had to be specially translated by a team of Cherokee Nation volunteers, because these modern words didn’t exist when the syllabary was transcribed.

Google software engineer Craig Cornelius said:

“When Google decides to support a language, it’s not just about which ones have the largest number of speakers. In order to do business around the world, we need to support languages with millions of speakers, such as Japanese, French or Arabic. But we also want to include less spoken languages in order to help preserve the culture and diversity that come with them.”

You can read more at the official Google blog.

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