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December 16, 2006

Google Russian Translator

Google Translate added a new language: Russian. Now you can translate text from English to Russian or from Russian to English. Google uses its statistical machine translation system that won many prizes.

Google News Russia has also been launched. The site aggregates 400 news sources. By combining the two services you can get an English version of Google News Russia. As you can see, the translation is not quite perfect.

In a presentation earlier this year, Google recognized that Russia is fast-growing internet market and it intends to launch more products in Russian. The most popular search engine in Russia is Yandex, that has twice the market share of Google.

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  1. Russian translator available since December, 6th.

  2. How do you know?

    I searched on Google Blog Search and the first report was on Dec. 6, but this is not a proof.

  3. Well, Russian is pretty hard to translate...
    And yea, Russian-English was there for some time already... I know because I use it from time to time. Too bad I don't remember the date when it came online.

  4. Because I often use Google translate, so the cache is still in Google Desktop, and the change occured these day ;)

    By the way, on home page : Gmail open to all. Mailbox 2.7 GB and protection against spam. (translated thanks to the translator, of course)

  5. Waiting for the Ukrainian Translator and News!

  6. I also just noticed the Gmail notice on the homepage. It doesn't have a link to sign up there though, but maybe that's just because I'm accessing the page from the UK. It does say 'open to all'...

    I'm very impressed by the translator - it's far better than what it comes out wit for many European languages, and Russian's a very difficult language!

  7. It's confirmed (by me, using a Russian proxy) that Gmail is opened for all in RUSSIA.

  8. interesting thing. If you just click on, it shows you English version, and if you enter Russian term it finds nothing. But if you change country near "Top Stories", it begins to search in Russian.

    Doesn't seem really usable :(.