Microsoft Translator now supports Levantine, an Arabic dialect spoken in many countries

Levantine is a spoken dialect of Arabic and it has over 32 million native speakers. Microsoft today announced that Microsoft Translator now supports Levantine. Levantine is the 11th AI-powered speech translation language from Microsoft. Unlike several other popular languages, Levantine is rarely written as it is a spoken language. There is very less amount of parallel data available that can be used to train a usable machine translation system. So, Microsoft researchers developed a new approach that utilizes monolingual data to train a system for any spoken dialect.

Levantine is now available as a supported speech translation language through the Microsoft Translator apps, Presentation Translator for PowerPoint, the Skype Translator feature in Skype for Windows 10, and the unified Azure Speech translation service.

Learn more about this announcement here.