New languages

Today is a really exciting day for us and for all the developers that were patiently waiting for the support of new languages in Wit.

We are releasing 39 new languages in Beta. They will be added to our existing languages (English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Portuguese, Estonian and Russian)

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| Albanian | Croatian | Icelandic | Persian | Turkish |
| Arabic | Czech | Indonesian | Romanian | Ukrainian |
| Azerbaijani | Danish | Japanese | Serbian | Vietnamese |
| Bengali | Finnish | Korean | Slovak | |
| Bosnian | Georgian | Latin | Slovenian | |
| Bulgarian | Greek | Lithuanian | Swahili | |
| Burmese | Hebrew | Macedonian | Tagalog | |
| Catalan | Hindi | Malay | Tamil | |
| Chinese | Hungarian | Norwegian | Thai | |

As you may now, Wit heavily relies on machine learning techniques. This means that these new languages will become better over time (like a fine wine). For example, a built-in entity like wit/location may take a couple of weeks/months to be as good as the one in existing supported languages. The more it is used and trained by different Wit apps, the better it will get.

Wit also relies on a hybrid system based on rules and examples called Duckling for a few specific entities like wit/datetime, wit/duration or wit/number. We open-sourced Duckling on October 1st, 2014. Any help from our community of native speakers is more than welcome to:

  • improve the existing languages
  • create built-in entities for the new languages

To contribute to our open-sourced parser, visit duckling.wit.ai.

Team Wit