Google Translate now covers 99% of the entire online population!

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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.

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