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(Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Google's Nexus One phone displays the Google Translate application, which allows users to get translations in and out of 50 languages. The phone understands spoken English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. The application works only on Android phones.Google's Nexus One phone displays the Google Translate application, which allows users to get translation
February 18
9:37 AM 2016

Google made an announcement today that it has added 13 more languages to support Google Translate. The addition of new languages brings it to a total of 103.  According to the company's record it covers approximately 99% of the online populace.

The language to be added should be written  and have significant amount of translations found online.  The texts will then are scanned by Google and utilize machine learning to decipher the patterns.  The Translate app depends on the volunteers' input that made the translation and also checks on others.

It was in April 2016 when Google Translate was first released with the utilization of rule-based machine translation between Arabic and English.  In December 2006, English and Arabic translation followed while new additional languages suddenly increased in 2007.  Google Translate has passed the 100 languages target just below 10 years, according to Venture Beat.

Ubergizmo reports that these new 13 languages include Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto and Xhosa.  The addition of the new languages delivers 120 million people around the world into the group.

Google stated that, "As we scan the Web for billions of already translated texts, we use machine learning to identify statistical patterns at enormous scale, so our machines can "learn" the language."

Amharic is Ethiopia's official working language while Xhosa is South Africa's second most common native tongue after Afrikaans.  The approximate number of people who speaks Gaelic in Scotland is around 57,000. The number of people who speak Pashto around the world is around 45 million or more.  The addition makes the tool helpful to more than a hundred million people.

The recent information will soon arrive on the machine translation tool in the coming days.  Google is requesting on speakers to add their own interpretations on the freshly added mother tongue, as reported by The Verge.  

Google Translate is a great tool for people to learn different languages enabling them to understand what other people from different countries wants to convey. With the addition of new languages, more and more people will be able to communicate more clearly and more effectively. 

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