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Google Translate introduces five new languages

Google has announced the launch of five new Indic languages on Google Translate.

It’s been a long time in the making for Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu to join the fold, not least because they all involve unique scripts that users will need to download to their computers.

But don’t be tricked into thinking these are unusual languages—a massive 500 million people throughout India and Bangladesh speak one of them.

The folk at Google stress that it’s purely experimental for the time being, and can expect to face a number of problems, the first one being for those who haven’t got an Indian keyboard.

To get over this, Google will allow phonetic input, but this in turn is going to cause problems. Coming straight from Google’s mouth, they’ve said, ‘You can expect translations for these new languages to be less fluent and include many untranslated words.’

So while Google Translate is a wonderful tool indeed, for top-notch translations into any of these languages, a human is most certainly always going to beat a machine.


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