Google Translate marks its 6th year


Last week, Google Translate marked its sixth year anniversary. This service provides valuable help to foreigners in different countries and at the same time, can even act as your tutor for foreign language education.

According to Google, the number of individuals who visit the site are staggering. They said that about 200 million individuals use the free online translation service per month.

Google Translate engineer Franz Och said, “In a given day we translate roughly as much text as you’d find in one million books. We imagine a future where anyone in the world can consume and share any information, no matter what language it’s in, and no matter where it pops up.”

Och used to work for US military research arm DARPA before he jumped ship to the California based company last 2003.

This service allows people to past or key in an on screen box a word to translate into a language of their choice.

Och added, “We can now translate among any of 64 different languages, including many with a small Web presence, such as Bengali, Basque, Swahili, Yiddish… and even Esperanto.”

Even its smartphone app has seen a growth in its users and about 92% of them are residing outside of the US.

“What all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day,” he added.

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