Google Adds Its 65th Language To Google Translate With Lao

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Google Adds Its 65th Language To Google Translate With Lao
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Google announced today that it has added Lao to its Google Translate repertoire, making it the 65th language the service supports.

Lao, sometimes called Laotion, is spoken in Laos, Thailand, the U.S., France, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina. In Laos, it is the official language. As of 2006, there were a reported 5.22 million native speakers.

Google is keeping the “alpha” tag on Lao for the time being, as it’s not quite where the company wants it to be. Google Translate Associate Product Manager Minqi Jiang says in a post on the Google Translate blog:

The Google Translate team is constantly working to improve automatic translations, both for languages that have been available for some time, and for currently unavailable languages whose translation quality have yet to meet our launch standards. This work includes collecting new data from which our system can learn and grow smarter; changing the algorithms behind Google Translate; and improving the grammaticality of translations. There are many languages we work on that are not there yet but that we hope to launch in the future.

Support for Lao meets our launch standards, but translation quality is at the lower end compared to that of other languages we offer. We therefore designate Lao with an “alpha” status until we can make further improvements. While our Lao translations will be usable in some situations, like providing an English reader with the gist of an article written in Lao, they will fail in other situations where more precise translations are needed. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of Lao translations.

Google is calling upon users to help improve its translation of the language by providing alternate translations (by clicking on words or phrases of the translated sentence) or using the Google Translator Toolkit to upload translations.

Last month, Google added some new camera functionality to Google Translate for Android, making the service all the more helpful in travel situations. Now, you can take a picture of a sign that is written in an unfamiliar language, and get it translated.

Google Adds Its 65th Language To Google Translate With Lao
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  • Sak Phoumirath

    The word “Loation” does NOT exist !!!! It is an error people make when they want to say “laotian” as an adjective pertaining to anything Lao. e.g Laotian way of doing things, a laotian scenery, etc…

    Please delete the word “Loation” from your dictionary…Thank you.

  • Melvil

    “Loation” definitely is not a word. But “Laotian” is a word. In particular, see definition 2: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laotian.

  • Diane

    Lao language or Laotian is what you meant?

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-crum Chris Crum

    It’s your classic typo. Corrected. Thanks for reading.

  • John Driscoll

    Please, let’s just celebrate Lao joining Google! Let’s not worry about spelling!

  • david c

    there is no such thing as laotian in lao. the word laotian came from french. they called lao people “laotian” because they can’t pronounced lao. so from now on people please call the people from laos; KOUNLAO=lao people or just call the them; LAO ok thank you

  • http://fisz.co.uk/index.html Polish translator

    We use it quite a lot during our work and it’s really helpful tool for a translator.

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