Google Translate’s Neural Machine Technology Now Supports More Languages

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Mar 7, 2017
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Google Translate came up with NMT (Neural Machine Translation) technology in November, last year. It helps in translating the entire sentence accurately rather than just words. At the time of the neural translation’s inclusion, the service only supported eight languages. In the latest development, the tech giant has updated the service for more languages including Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese as well. With this improvement, Google Translate service has become more refines and helpful.

Before the advent of Neural Machine Translation, Google Translate only used to do convert word by word rather than understanding sentences, which sometimes resulted in the loss of context. With the integration of neural machine translation, Google Translate gets the context of the sentence and help in its proper translation.

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The best part about the addition of more languages in the service is that tourists visiting these countries would have easier way to translate foreign text on the go. Google Translate app would get this feature with the latest update for iOS and Android both. Also, Google confirmed that it will be extending support for more languages in the cooming weeks. At the time of its launch, Google Translate supported English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish.

In its blog post about Neural Machine Translation, Google writes:

“Neural Machine Translation is a lot better than our previous technology, because we translate whole sentences at a time, instead of pieces of a sentence. (Of course there’s lots of machine learning magic powering this under the hood) This makes for translations that are usually more accurate and sound closer to the way people speak the language,”

The new languages will also be supported on web interface of Google Translate – at translate.google.com. We hope that with the extension of more languages supported by Google Translate, users around the world would benefit when traveling abroad. Google also mentioned in the post that it is working towards making Google Translate more accurate and accessible.

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You can also help the company in making Google Translate better by contributing to Translate Community. You can suggest edits on Google Translate, which helps the company to improve the service.

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