Google Translating 98% of the Internet’s LanguagesBy: Chris Crum - February 27, 2009
Google says it can now translate between the languages read by 98% of Internet users with Google Translate. The total of languages is up to 41. The most recent additions include:
"It’s exciting and satisfying to work on a product that can help people access content they may otherwise be unable to understand," says Google Translate Product Manager Jeff Chin. "We’ve heard stories of people using Google Translate to help them do business internationally, and we’ve seen many websites (e.g., New York’s Metro Transit Authority) and blogs add the Google Translate My Page Gadget to their pages to make their content more accessible to people from all over the world."
Google Translate is actually the first freely available machine translation system that translates for several of the languages it includes. Though as Chin admits, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Finding perfect machine translation is not easy to do.
Still, as he points out, many people who may not otherwise have a lot of web content available in their own language will be able to read a great deal more of what the web has to offer. Let’s just hope the translations are somewhat comprehensible.