Microsoft Office 2010 Language Interface Packs are now available in 3 Nigerian languages, covering over 60 million speakers.
You can install them from here:
- Hausa (Hausa) Office 2010 Language Interface Pack
- Igbo (Ndi Igbo) Office 2010 Language Interface Pack
- Yoruba (ede YorÃƒÂ¹bÃƒÂ¡) Office 2010 Language Interface Pack
A Language Interface Pack allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
All three languages are already available for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9:
A few facts about these languages:
- Hausa: 22 million native speakers, 15 million as a second language. Non-native pronunciation of Hausa differs vastly from native pronunciation by way of key omissions of implosive and ejective consonants present in native Hausa dialects. This creates confusion among non-native and native Hausa speakers, because non-native Hausa speakers do not differentiate between the pronunciation of words like daidai (correct) and Ã‰â€”aiÃ‰â€”ai (one-by-one) in non-native Hausa.
- Igbo: 21 million speakers. Many names in Igbo are actually fusions of older original words and phrases. For example, one Igbo word for vegetable leaves is akwÃƒÂ¼kwÃƒÂ¶ nri, which literally means “leaves for eating” or “vegetables”. Green leaves are called akwÃƒÂ¼kwÃƒÂ¶ ndu, because ndu means “life”.
- Yoruba: 20 million native speakers, 2 million as a second language. In Yoruba there are no differences between the singular and plural. The context decides whether a word denotes singular or plural.
For more information on these 3 languages, check the Wikipedia page on Nigerian languages.
Language Distribution in Nigeria (source: Wikipedia):