Gmail adds its 57th language today: Cherokee or ᏣᎳᎩ

This is interesting! A Google engineer, working on internalization of Google services and products, while carpooling it back to San Francisco, met Vance Blackfox, a member of the Cherokee Nation. The meeting kick-started a collaboration which resulted in Cherokee or ᏣᎳᎩ, pronounced as “jaw la gee” being added as the 57th language in Gmail.

Send Gmail in Cherokee

Gmail in Cherokee and the Cherokee version of Google Web Search both include a virtual keyboard for typing the syllabary writing system invented by Sequoyah in the early 1800s. Now Cherokee students can easily contact their tribal elders, e.g., “Joseph wants to chat” (“ᏦᏏᏫ ᎤᏚᎵ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ”) and connect instantly, states the Gmail Blog.

Last year, with the help of Cherokee Nation staff and community members, Google had already Cherokee as an interface language on Google, making a small contribution towards preserving one of the world’s endangered languages. Now with this step, the language finds support in Gmail too.

So if you want to start Gmail-ing in Cherokee, switch to this language via your Gmail Settings.

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Susannah Lindsay quit her job a few years back to settle down in a life of domesticity. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last three years, and enjoys following new gadget releases and the latest happenings on the technological front.

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