You never know when the ability to translate a foreign language will come in handy. The latest Google Translate update features tongues that may seem obscure to most, but they expand the app’s appeal to literally tens of millions of prospective new users.
As of today, Google Translate now works with 13 new languages. Joining the pragmatic app’s growing library of dialects are Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Hawaiian, Kyrgyz, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Pashto, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi and Xhosa. And while you’ve likely never used, or even heard of most of them, their addition means that Google Translate now covers 120 million new people.
Along with announcing the update, Google also provided some insight into how it goes about adding new languages to Google Translate.
As we scan the Web for billions of already translated texts, we use machine learning to identify statistical patterns at enormous scale, so our machines can “learn” the language. But, as already existing documents can’t cover the breadth of a language, we also rely on people like you in Translate Community to help improve current Google Translate languages and add new ones, like Frisian and Kyrgyz.
Google Translate’s capabilities now work with 103 languages, enabling it to serve 99% of the online population (only about 50% of the Internet is in English). Last summer, the app received an update which added 20 new languages including Filipino, Romanian, Dutch and Polish.[CNN Money via Google]
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