India is perhaps the only nation which has majority of its languages on Google Translate and with the addition of Marathi, the number is now impressive.
While Google language supports major world languages, the service is slowly expanding to include even regional dialects. While most popular Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Tamil were already present on the site, Marathi is a recent addition.
While these languages are mainstream languages and not dialects, if a world-wide app can create an interest in local languages then it can perhaps be expanded to even dialects. The internet has often been accused of taking people away from learning and helping them while away time. But with a preper app in place, perhaps it can turn out to be a huge blessing in disguise to preserve world languages.
Not only can an interest for the dying dialects be generated in Indians but people the world over can be made aware of the diversity in the languages of a nation.
The internet might be a double edged sword but the success of Google Translate and the slow but steady expansion proves the thirst people still have for languages. India is perhaps the only nation which has majority of its languages on Google Translate and with the addition of Marathi, the number is now impressive.
Via Charles Tiayon