Expanding Accessibility with New Translation Languages

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| By Kristin Fust, Product Manager II, Gale |

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of people in the United States speak a language other than English at home.1 That means one in five people at our schools, universities, and libraries around the nation may benefit from accessing content in a language other than English. And while many of these people speak Spanish, there’s a wide variety of languages spoken overall; nearly 23 million people in the United States speak a language other than English or Spanish at home.2

New Text Translation Languages

At Gale, we’re committed to supporting all learners, and that’s one reason we have made updates to language features with dozens of our products and digital resources. To expand accessibility, we’ve added document translation in Haitian Creole, Nepali, and Swahili.

In addition to these three new languages, users can translate text on demand into more than 40 languages within the following products:

  • All Gale In Context products, including Biography, Canada, Elementary, Environmental Studies, For Educators, Global Issues, High School, Middle School, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, U.S. History, and World History
  • Gale eBooks
  • Gale Health and Wellness
  • All Gale OneFile products
  • Gale Literature (text-based products only)
  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

User Interface (UI) Translation Updates

We enhanced UI translation, helping learners identify relevant content and fostering digital literacy. As Gale introduces new products and product features, we also continue to extend our interface translation to cover these additions. Irish (Gaeilge) was recently added as a new interface translation option. Customers can set a default interface language for their resources through Gale Admin.

Next Steps

No action is needed—existing users will see these updates automatically appear within the product(s). View a full list of supported languages here.

As always, follow product updates on the Gale support site to stay informed about updates made to your Gale resources.

  1. Census Bureau Reports at Least 350 Languages Spoken in U.S. Homes,” U.S. Census Bureau, November 3, 2015.
  2. Detailed Languages Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over for United States: 2009-2013,” U.S. Census Bureau, October 2015.

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