Google’s online translation tool Google Translate has added 13 more languages to its roster. The 13 languages, which are recently added to Google Translate are Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto, and Xhosa. Now, this tool supports a total of 103 languages covering 99 percent of the online population.
In the announcement post, the Translate team has also explained how it adds new selections. For adding a language, it needs to be written and have a considerable amount of translations found online. Google scans those texts and uses machine learning to recognize patterns.
launched the Google Translate service in April 2006. It first used rule-based machine translations between English and Arabic, followed by translations into English and Russian in December 2006. The demand for new languages was increased in 2007 and hence within a decade, the service passed the 100 languages mark.
Google Translate now uses a combination of machine learning and human volunteers to ensure that translations are accurate and not ridiculous.