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June 22, 2011

Google Translate Supports 5 Indic Languages

Google Translate has improved a lot in the past 3 years and it's now the most powerful machine translation service that's available for free. Google Translate is the only machine translation service which supports languages that have less than one million speakers (Maltese, Welsh) and languages that are underrepresented on the Web (Galician).

Google added 5 new languages to Google Translate and they're some of the most popular languages in the world, with more than 600 million speakers: Bengali (300 million speakers), Gujarati (46 million), Kannada (51 million), Tamil (65 million), Telugu (130 million).

"Beginning today, you can explore the linguistic diversity of the Indian sub-continent with Google Translate, which now supports five new experimental alpha languages. (...) You can expect translations for these new alpha languages to be less fluent and include many more untranslated words than some of our more mature languages—like Spanish or Chinese — which have much more of the web content that powers our statistical machine translation approach. (...) Since these languages each have their own unique scripts, we've enabled a transliterated input method for those of you without Indian language keyboards," informs Google.

Google Translate now supports 63 languages and 9 of the 10 languages that have more than 100 million native speakers. The only missing language is Punjabi.


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  2. Great! Google: keep doing things like this!

  3. Wonderful.. I was waiting for years for this kind of service in Tamil. Although the grammar and vocabulary is little incorrect, we can forgive it as those languages are still in alpha..

    மிக்க நன்றி கூகிள்.. தமிழ் மொழிபெயர்ப்பை அறிமுகப்படுத்தியதற்கு...

  4. Well i was happy to see telugu is in the list of translation languages.

    But my joy was for only few mins.

    I tried basic translation like what is your name etc...

    It failed...

    Hope they will resolve these in the coming future

  5. Not only Punjabi, Marathi is missing..

  6. it would be even better to also put voice on the rest of the languages that are already listed, a not a mono tone microsoft voice but a real one like the other ones.

  7. wow...

  8. Nice but the translate API is getting shut down, which is a real shame as it could be a really important service. Biblical levels of importance...