"Seet ko ci Google". This phrase in Wolof will now take on a whole new meaning with the launch of the Wolof Interface for Google Web Search in Senegal.
In our mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, language localization plays a very important part, and the Google Africa team is proud to provide support for languages spoken by millions of African people. The ‘Google in Your Language' initiative already supports many African languages and now we are taking a more hands-on approach: reaching out to interested universities and other volunteers in the community, training them on our translation tools and holding a fun workshop where volunteers can contribute their translations for Google Web Search in their language, with guidance from language moderators.
Credit for making the Google interface in Wolof available goes to 45 volunteers who, in collaboration with Google Senegal and the Universite Gaston Berger of Saint Louis in northern Senegal, gathered on campus for an exciting and productive translation marathon. Mohamadou El-Hadj Nguer, the professor who led the translation effort, is passionate about efforts to bring Wolof online, and believes that being able to search in Wolof will not only increase the value of writing in Wolof but also create an opportunity for growth of the language on the Internet.
As of today, "Google deggna Wolof" (Google understands Wolof). Check it out at www.google.sn