Google Translate launched this Wednesday (11) is capable of translating into 24 additional languages which, according to the company, are underserved by technology. Most important is Guarani, spoken in Paraguay, as well as indigenous peoples in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
With Guarani, the lingua franca of Mercosur and spoken by 7 million people worldwide, it will also be added to the Quechua and Aymara translation platform, spoken by peoples of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Approximately 10 million and 2 million, respectively, speak these two languages.
How technology learns languages
According to Isaac Caswell, software specialist and researcher at Google, the difference between counting these words is using neural models of intelligence that have learned the word “from scratch”.
In general, in order to use new language, millions of models need the system to be “understood” and can be interpreted. With the neural model, according to Caswell, additional terms have been trained in this way. Technology then begins to understand how languages work.
The company said it has consulted representatives from various communities before announcing the new announcement.
“Imagine that you are a polyglot and that, based on your understanding of what kind of language it is, you can define something. This is more or less the way our neural network works. “, explained the scientist in an interview with reporters.
Initially, 24 languages were only available for translations. Google plans to add voice over time, allow translation of a speaker or even facilitate the understanding of people who want to know the sound of words.
Still in an interview with reporters, Caswell said the comments would not be perfect immediately. “The quality is lower than English and Spanish. We know there will be some mistakes, but the tools will be useful,” he said.
Outside of Latin America, Google added languages such as Krio, a language of Sierra Leone English, Lingala (spoken by 45 million people in Central Africa, mostly in the Republic of Congo) and Mizo, said. by 800,000 people in northern India.
The news has been added to more than 100 languages provided by Google Translate.
Below is a full list of terms added by Google Translate:
- Aymara – spoken by nearly 2 million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
- Assamese – spoken by nearly 25 million people in northern India
- Ashante – spoken by approximately 11 million people in Ghana
- bambara – spoken by around 14 million people of Mali
- boiapuri – spoken by around 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji
- diveí – spoken by around 300,000 people in the Maldives
- dogri – spoken by around 3 million people in northern India
- jeje – spoken by 7 million people from Ghana and Togo
- Guarani – spoken by 7 million people in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil
- Ilocano – spoken by around 10 million people in the northern Philippines
- Konkani – spoken by nearly 2 million people in central India
- krio – spoken by nearly 4 million people in Sierra Leone
- Sorani Kurdish – spoken by around 8 million people (most of them from Iraq)
- Lingala – spoken by nearly 45 million people in Congo, Angola, the Republic of South Sudan and the Central African Republic
- Luganda – spoken by nearly 20 million people in Uganda and Rwanda
- maitil – spoken by nearly 34 million people in northern India
- Manipuri – spoken by over 2 million people in northern India
- mizo – spoken by around 830,000 people in northern India
- Oromo – spoken by 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
- Quechua – spoken by 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and neighboring countries
- Sanskrit – spoken by 20,000 people in India
- sepedi – spoken by around 14 million people in South Africa
- Tigrinya – spoken by nearly 8 million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
- Tsonga – spoken by around 7 million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe