Google Translate Now Supports Sanskrit And Bhojpuri

Google has updated its language translation tool, Google Translate, with 24 new languages. In total, Translate now supports a total of 133 used around the globe.

With the addition of languages like Assamese, Bhojpuri, Mizo, Kurdish etc. Google Translate now supports 133 languages. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: Google Translate, its language translation service, has been upgraded with 24 more languages. Translate currently covers a total of 133 languages used around the world. Assamese, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit, and many other languages have been added.

The Cupertino-based tech behemoth emphasised that the newly added languages are spoken by over 300 million people worldwide. According to the company, Mizo is spoken by over 800,000 people in India’s far northeast, and Lingala is spoken by over 45 million people in Central Africa.

“There is a long tail of languages that are underrepresented on the web today and translating them is a hard technical problem since translation models are usually trained with bilingual text. However, there is not enough publicly available bilingual text for every language” Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai said in his keynote speech on May 11.

These new languages, Google said, have been added using Zero-Shot Machine Translation, where a machine learning model only sees monolingual text. The Zero-Shot Machine Translation basically learns to translate into another language without ever seeing an example. “While this technology is impressive, it isn’t perfect,” Google said in an official blog post.

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