Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan has welcomed the news that Google Translate, the open translation website, is to add Gaelic to its list of translatable languages.
Gaelic will be introduced alongside 12 other languages, including Samoan and Xhosa, in the next few days.
Alasdair Allan, who is also the Scottish Government Minister responsible for Scotland’s languages, commented: “Gaelic is part of our identity and culture and is used every day in communities across Scotland and I welcome Google’s move to make the language more accessible to people around the world.
“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the teaching of the language and inspiring the next generation of Gaelic speakers.
“Our aim is to increase the numbers learning, speaking and using the language and hope that the Google Gaelic translation tool can make an important contribution towards this.”