Google Translate Adds More Languages, Covers 99% of Users

With its 10th anniversary approaching, Google Translate has expanded its repertoire of languages to 103, which means it can now provide machine learning-based translations to about 99 percent of the world’s online population. Over the next few days, the translation tool will add support for 13 additional languages, ranging from Ethiopia’s Amharic to South Africa’s Xhosa, Sveta Kelman, senior program manager for Google Translate, announced in a blog post yesterday. The update means an additional 120 million potential users for Google Translate.Google Translate first launched in 2006 using an early form of computer-assisted translation based on information from dictionaries, grammar guides and other sources. It has since evolved into a more advanced approach based on machine learning that is refined through online language resources and human assistance from the Google…


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