Facebook Launches in Azeri, Faroese, Georgian, Nepali – and Latin

facebook-translationsFacebook’s crowd-sourced Translations service has been one of the most important factors enabling its incredible international growth over the past two years. Since the Translation app was launched in April 2008, Facebook has been translated into over 70 languages – even including some “long lost” ones like “Pirate.”

Today, Facebook is announcing that five new translations have been completed by users:

  • Azeri – largely spoken in Azerbaijan and Iran
  • Faroese – spoken on the Faroe Islands and in Denmark
  • Georgian – spoken in Georgia and Turkey
  • Nepali – spoken in Nepal, Bhutan, and parts of India and Myanmar
  • Latin – spoken in high school classrooms everywhere

facebook-latinNow, Latin students around the world can learn the language simply by using Facebook. As Facebook says,

To students of Latin, the availability of the language on Facebook may be just what’s needed to narrow the distance between themselves and the venerable language. After all, the experience of studying Latin can frequently seem somewhat far and away. Even the readings prescribed by Latin teachers have an air of detachment about them: Cicero and Demosthenes, Caesar and Virgil. While students of “living languages” practice on subtitled films and in conversation groups, on vacations and with exchange students, Latin scholars soak in rare living breaths of their studied language, satisfying themselves with the occasional legal phrase, nursery plant, benediction or school motto. Recognizing verb stems and identifying vocabulary roots just somehow aren’t quite the same as ordering off a menu or asking for directions.

To dig deeper on Facebook’s international growth trends, check out our Facebook Global Monitor: Tracking Facebook in Global Markets.