The Peruvian Government highlighted the "great advance" which means the recent incorporation in Google Translate of Quechua and Aymara, the two most widely spoken indigenous languages ​​in the Andean country, through a statement from the Ministry of Culture replicated this Saturday.

"It is a great advance in the actions that must continue to move towards intercultural and inclusive citizenship, promoting respect for the cultural and linguistic diversity that Quechua and Aymara represent."declared in the note the vice minister of interculturality, Rocilda Nunta.

This week, Google announced 24 new languages ​​for its popular multilingual automatic translation system, which will allow the translation of texts in 133 languages, including Quechua and Aymara, which are spoken in Peru by more than 4 million people.

The representative of the Ministry of Culture announced that the Directorate of Indigenous Languages ​​has been coordinating with Microsoft Peru since November of last year for the relaunch of the Windows XP and Microsoft Office platforms in their versions in Quechua, and that this is planned for the second semester of 2022.

"This first project in coordination between Microsoft and the Ministry of Culture will have a great impact for our Quechua-speaking population, since it allows access to technology for citizens who speak this language so that they continue to access technological services in their own languages."he indicated.

Nunta added that Microsoft has also expressed its interest in repowering an artificial intelligence engine that can integrate Quechua into the Microsoft Translator tool.

In Peru, 48 different indigenous or native languages ​​are spoken, with Quechua being the most widely spoken, by 3.8 million people, followed by Aymara, with 450,010 speakers.


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