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Breaking language barriers since inception: Google Translate celebrates 10th birthday today

India TV Tech Desk 29 Apr 2016, 18:22:27 IST
India TV Tech Desk

New Delhi: The world would have been less-translatable place 10 years back if we weren’t introduced to Google Translate, Google announced in a blog post celebrating the 10th anniversary.

Google wrote, “Ten years ago … our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions.”

Google has also revealed that over 500 million users have been using Google Translate and over 100 billion words are translated every day. The most common translations are between languages like English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Indonesian.

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Google supports translations for over 100 languages, which nine official Indian languages - Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Google Translate excelled due to multilingual community that contributes to the ever growing database of words and languages. This community includes over 3.5 million people helping in translations for over 90 languages. “A few properly translated sentences can make a huge difference when faced with a foreign language or country. By reviewing, validating and recommending translations, we’re able to improve the Google Translate on a daily basis,” Google says.

Google is proud of the many features that already exist in Translate and say, “We’re excited and proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the last 10 years — but there’s lots more to do to break language barriers and help people communicate no matter where they’re from or what language they speak.”

Google Translate makes it much easier to have a proper conversation with someone speaking a different language. It has also become a must-have service for travellers and has the ability to translate text or voice in almost real-time, also without internet connection.