For eTranslation, the new year started with very good news: In early January, Japanese joined the family of the European Commission’s machine translation (MT) tool. The free and secure MT service offers translation of texts and documents from and into all 24 official EU languages, Icelandic, Norwegian as well as Russian, Chinese, Turkish and – since recently – also Japanese. Thanks to its continuous extension, eTranslation is now covering six of the ten most commonly spoken languages worldwide, including English (1.132 billion speakers), Mandarin (1.116 billion), Spanish (534 million), French (280 million), Russian (258 million) and Portuguese (234 million)1.

 

 

 

The growing language coverage makes it easier for European SMEs, public administrations and public sector service providers to communicate and share information not only wi