Google Translate has added 13 more languages to its already impressive portfolio, bringing its tally to 103 languages.
This means that it now covers 99% of the entire online population, according to Google. The latest additions include Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz , Hawaiian, Kurdish/Kurmanji, Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto and Xhosa.
How it adds new languages is particularly intriguing. It uses machine learning to analyse existing translations from one known language into a new unknown one. The required data is then added and refined to produce a new entry, thanks to assistance from the official content and the Translate community.
This community is made up of 3 million contributors worldwide who ensure that content is accurate and who add niche words or phrases that aren’t used regularly enough to be picked up by the automated process.
The world is becoming a much smaller and more connected place.