Get Waze-ing in Welsh

We’re excited to share that our fifth voice launch of the year is Welsh! After a year of hard work from our local Waze Community in Wales, Welsh is available to show Wazers the way as both a Voice Direction capability *and* an in-app language.

There are many to thank for bringing Welsh to Waze, but it all started when Welsh-speaker and language advocate Lowri Lewis reached out to the Waze team about a year ago. Lewis shared her work with a local organization which seeks to keep the Welsh language alive in the modern world by making it more accessible in people’s everyday lives. Her mission resonated, as Waze also aims to provide localized experiences to our users across the globe. A natural fit! From there, the support continued to grow as the team expanded to include the local Waze Community and other local leaders, including Robert Lo Bue, CEO of Applingua, and Phil Stead who reached out to us in 2016 and joined the Welsh Localization community right away.

Together, they brought each piece of the Welsh launch together. Starting with translations from the Waze Community, some of whom didn’t speak the language, but were so committed to launching Welsh, they found translators. (Bravo!) Then, Welsh-speaking volunteers from Lo Bue jumped in to record sample voice prompts (trust us, it was hard to choose just one) and arrange for studio time to officially record the voice directions in full.