DeepL Translator adds support for 13 European languages

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 24, 2021

DeepL Translator is a popular choice when it comes to the translation of text and documents, as it is considered by many to offer better translations than other machine-based translation services such as Google Translate or Microsoft Translate.

The service promises that its translations are more like the translations of humans, and it announced a breakthrough in AI translation quality last year.

A major shortcoming of DeepL  up until now, was that it supported only a small selection of languages. While these covered widely spoken languages such as English, French, Spanish, German or Italian, the selection did pale against the hundreds of languages that other services supported.

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DeepL added support for new translation languages over the years. In 2018, it added Russian and Portuguese, and in 2020 support for Chinese and Japanese.

This month, DeepL announced support for 13 additional European languages. The languages in question are Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Swedish. It is the largest number of languages that DeepL added to its service, and brings the total to 24 different languages.

While that is still less than the hundreds of languages supported by other services, it ensures that translation quality is high for all languages according to the service.

The move adds translation support for "an estimated 105 million more native speakers around the world" according to DeepL. The company promises that it will add support for more languages in the future.

Widely spoken languages such as Thai, Arabic or Korean are not supported yet, and so are not many other languages.

The new languages are already available on the DeepL website, in the DeepL desktop applications for Windows and Mac, and integrated in the translation API.

Closing Words

DeepL continues to improve its service, and while it is still lacking when it comes to language support, it is continually improving in that department.

I tend to use DeepL whenever possible, as its translations seem more natural than those of other translation services. Major downside is still the low support for languages, but the additional 13 languages surely help get more users interested in the service.

Now You: which translation service do you use, and why?

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  1. Anonymous said on July 24, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Must add Bengali language

  2. Marina said on May 30, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Due to the war in Ukraine, translation from Ukrainian would be a welcome addition to DeepL. Any idea when that might be available?

  3. empirefall said on March 24, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    about a week ago, I opened up the Deepl client for desktop to do some minor translations, when to my surprise, I discovered that several different language options had been added, I was so pumped by these new additions that I got cracking on some translation work that I have been doing for the last couple of years

    the number that was made available really took me aback due to how few selections have been trickling in over the years, I expected that we would get Korean next, I never would have imagined such a massive dump

    many thanks Deepl 👍🏽 this allows me to move one step closer towards a goal that I envisioned over a decade ago, although the current options will keep me occupied for a good while, I look forward to one day seeing languages such as: Korean, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Serbian, Croatian, Turkish, Icelandic, Telugu, Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Bengali, Thai, Urdu, Marathi, Vietnamese, Persian, Filipino (heck, I would be very impressed if they could even nail Latin with period appropriate vocabulary) 👏🏻

  4. John Smith said on March 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Good start, but they have a long way to go.

  5. sunny said on March 24, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    important languages for me: Persian(Farsi), Arabic, Indonesian and Korean.

  6. Clairvaux said on March 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Vivaldi has just released integrated webpage translation with Lingvanex. First time I hear about that provider. If the result is good, this will be a great feature.

    1. Tom Hawack said on March 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

      Same here : I discover this translator.

      The Markup [] reveals : :
      4 Ad trackers found on this site.
      This site allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.

      Doesn’t mean more than that. The translation may be excellent, haven’t tried it, blocked here by my DNS resolver (DeCloudUs)

  7. BillD said on March 24, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve been using the free version of Systran to gradually translate a small book from German to English. It’s cloud-based and supports 55 languages. The free version limits you to 2000 characters at a time (approx a large paragraph). For web pages or entire documents you need the paid version. What I like about it is that it provides up to 10 alternative translations that are industry specific – finance, medical, legal, etc. You can also click on individual words to get alternative translations.

  8. Tom Hawack said on March 24, 2021 at 11:35 am

    DeepL is indeed an excellent translator (tied to Linguee by the way). Support for an additional 13 (European) languages in great news. That sums it up to 24 languages, go man go.

    Here, DeepL for text translations (via a script embedded to the GesturFy extension : translate text with one mouse gesture). Unfortunately DeepL doesn’t translate directly a Web page. For that, either Google, Microsoft or Yandex. Google and Microsoft being system-wide blacklisted here I call Yandex Translate for Web pages via the excellent ‘Translate Web pages’ Firefox extension (which offers Google and Yandex as Translate servers’ option).

    My dream : that DeepL make available an API for translating whole Web pages and that the ‘Translate Web Pages’ extension include DeepL once the former condition satisfied.

    This was Tom Hawack reporting from Paris, France (far suburb!)

    P.S. Hey, new CDN for Ghacks : kinstacdn. Is it a good CDN, nothing naughty to report, a good friendly pal you can rely on? :=)

    Nice day to all, be happy.

  9. owl said on March 24, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Since I am Japanese, I need some kind of “translation” function to communicate in other languages.
    DeepL (DeepL for Windows) is my favorite desktop app.

    In particular, Japanese has a peculiar grammar and various fonts compared to other languages, so it is difficult to translate it into other languages. Using machine translation alone can lead to vocabulary and grammar errors, so we may use Web client (browser, email client) extensions to look up vocabulary variations and example sentences.

    1. empirefall said on March 24, 2021 at 11:03 pm


      I can attest that in comparison to Western languages, Japanese is very distinct, that said, Deepl does a surprising good job at translating to and from Japanese to Western languages, it has it’s minor faults, but the results are quite impressive considering that translating Japanese is a bit of an interpretive art

      1. owl said on March 25, 2021 at 9:13 am

        > Japanese is a bit of an interpretive art


  10. Juraj M. said on March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Everybody was always talking about DeepL how good it is but in fact they supported only handful of languages. So as a “Slovak” person I’m happy about this news :)

  11. Abdalrhman said on March 24, 2021 at 10:29 am

    and what about Arabic ?!

    1. Tom Hawack said on March 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Neither Arabic nor Hebrew at this time. Maybe together they can get included? :=)

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