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Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) continues to build out Bing Translator with a new language: Star Trek's Klingon. Now, users can translate between Klingon and the other 41 languages Bing Translator supports.

In a collaboration deal with Paramount Pictures, Microsoft launched the language on Bing Translator ahead of Paramount's Thursday launch of Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Since the language's debut in the 1979 movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Klingon has become the world's most popular fictional spoken language. There's even a nonprofit, the Klingon Language Institute, that was formed in 1992 to promote the study of "Klingon linguistics and culture." The organization assisted Bing with adding Klingon.

Bing also received help from Okrand and Microsoft engineer Eric Andeen, who is fluent in the language.

While Bing now supports 42 languages, Google's Google Translate still outnumbers Bing with 71 supported languages. 

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  • Report this Comment On May 16, 2013, at 1:48 PM, brianbarker46 wrote:

    But Google translate is ahead with the latest addition of Esperanto, the international language to the prestigious list of Google's 64 languages.

    Esperanto is more widespread than people imagine. It is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide according to the CIA World Factbook. It is the 29th most used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu and Facebook. Now that Google translate recently added this international language to its prestigious list of 64 languages it has ceased to be just a hobby.

    Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to Russia and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet. Financier George Soros learnt Esperanto as a child.

    Esperanto is a living language - see!

    Their online course has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)

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