2011/06/22

Google translates more India languages

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2011 (AFP) - Google on Tuesday expanded its free Internet translation service to include five languages spoken by more than a half million people in India and Bangladesh.

Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu were added to Google Translate, bringing to 63 the number of languages supported by the California-based firm's online service.

Translation of the newly added languages were in "alpha" form meaning that there was polishing to be done, Google research scientist Ashish Venugopal said in a blog post.

"If you notice incorrect or missing translations for any of our languages, please correct us; we enjoy learning from our mistakes and your feedback helps us graduate new languages from alpha status," Venugopal said.

"We hope that the launch of these new alpha languages will help you better understand the Indic web and encourage the publication of new content in Indic languages," he added.

Google also made software for fonts used in the languages available for download.