Global tech giant Google has added 24 new languages to its Google translate platform. Thereby, becoming representative of a technical milestone using a machine learning model that “translates into another language without seeing an example.”
It is known that 10 of the 24 newly added languages belong to the African region, including: Lingala – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Twi – Ghana and Tigrinya – Eritrea.
“For many years, Google translate has helped break down language barriers and connect communities around the world,” said a representative of Google (based in the US).
The new language update comes with Bhojpuri, spoken by about 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji, to Dhivehi with an estimated 300,000 speakers in the Maldives. The update now brings the total number of languages on Google translate to 133 languages.
The company says the new languages also represent a technical milestone, using a machine learning model (machine learning model) to learn how to “translate into another language without seeing an example”. However, the company admits that the technology is far from perfect as some linguists have also documented problems with available languages.
Google translate research scientist Isaac Caswell said: “For many languages supported, even the most common languages in Africa that we already support – Yoruba, Igbo for example, translations. not very good. The engine will certainly understand the idea, but often will also lose the subtleties of the language.”
In 2020, Google translate added five new languages to the platform. When it was the tech giant’s first expansion in several years.