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Google Translate Now Covers 99 Percent of Online Population

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Google Translate this week added 13 languages, bring its total to 103 dialects that cover 99 percent of the online population.

So if you speak Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, or Kurdish (Kurmanji), or want to communicate with someone in Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto, or Xhosa, Google's got you covered.

"The 13 new languages…help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world," Sveta Kelman, senior program manager for Google Translate, wrote in a blog post.

In December 2014, the product supported 90 languages worldwide; 20 more were added last summer.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/

The process is not easy, though. According to Kelman, Google needs a significant amount of translations to already be available on the Web; from there, the team relies on machine learning, licensed content, and the Translate Community.

Along the way, they pick up a few fun facts, like that Samoan is written using only 14 letters, and South Africa's Xhosa features three kinds of clicks, represented by the letters X, Q, and C.

"We've come a long way with over 100 languages, but we aren't done yet," Kelman wrote, encouraging folks to get involved with Translate Community, which calls on users to help with translations. Just in time for International Mother Language Day on Sunday, anyone can go online to help translate phrases or validate existing translations. 

In other translation news, Microsoft today updated its Translator apps for iOS and Android with some handy new features. The Android app is getting a new artificial intelligence-powered, on-device translation engine for those times when you don't have Internet access, or don't want to spend an arm and a leg on international roaming fees. Microsoft said the technology brings the "highest-quality offline translation" to your Android mobile device. The iOS version is getting a new image translation feature that uses "state-of-the-art" optical character recognition to translate text from your camera roll or saved pictures.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/


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