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Google in five more Indian languages

Internet search engine Google announced the expansion of its translation services to include five more Indian languages, thus increasing its reach to a potential half-a-million population.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2011 01:03 IST

Internet search engine Google announced the expansion of its translation services to include five more Indian languages, thus increasing its reach to a potential half-a-million population.

“Beginning today, you can explore the linguistic diversity of the Indian sub-continent with Google translate, which now supports five new experimental alpha languages — Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu,” said Ashish Venugopal, research scientist at Google, on Tuesday.

“In India and Bangladesh alone, more than 500 million people speak these five languages. Since 2009, we’ve launched a total of 11 alpha languages, bringing the current number of languages supported by Google Translate to 63,” he wrote in a Google Blog.

Venugopal said one can expect translations for these new languages to be less fluent and include many more untranslated words than some of the more mature languages — like Spanish or Chinese — which have much more of the web content that powers its statistical machine translation approach.

“If you notice incorrect or missing translations for any of our languages, please correct us; we enjoy learning from our mistakes and your feedback helps us graduate new languages from alpha status,” the Google research scientist said. PTI