Google Translate

Google Translate
Google Translate website homepage
Type of site
Neural machine translation
Available in133 languages; see below
OwnerGoogle
URLtranslate.google.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
UsersOver 610 million people daily
LaunchedApril 28, 2006 (2006-04-28) (as statistical machine translation)[1]
November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15) (as neural machine translation)[2]
Current statusActive

Google Translate is a multilingual neural machine translation service developed by Google to translate text, documents and websites from one language into another. It offers a website interface, a mobile app for Android and iOS, as well as an API that helps developers build browser extensions and software applications.[3] As of 2022, Google Translate supports 133 languages at various levels.[4] It claimed over 500 million total users as of April 2016,[5] with more than 100 billion words translated daily, after the company stated in May 2013 that it served over 200 million people daily.[6]

Launched in April 2006 as a statistical machine translation service, it originally used United Nations and European Parliament documents and transcripts to gather linguistic data, translate text to English and then pivot to the target language.[7][8] In recent years, it has used a deep learning model to power its translations. Its accuracy, which has been criticized on several occasions,[9] has been measured to vary greatly across languages.[10]

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  2. ^ Turovsky, Barak (November 15, 2016). "Found in translation: More accurate, fluent sentences in Google Translate". The Keyword Google Blog. Google Inc. Archived from the original on April 7, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Translations Made Simple: The Usefulness of Translation Apps". Ulatus. April 8, 2020. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Caswell, Isaac (December 5, 2022). "Google Translate Learns 24 New Languages". The Keyword. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  5. ^ Turovsky, Barak (April 28, 2016). "Ten years of Google Translate". Google Translate Blog. Google Inc. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Shankland, Stephen (May 18, 2013). "Google Translate now serves 200 million people daily". CNET. Red Ventures; CBS Interactive (at the time of publication). Archived from the original on December 4, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Martin (April 1, 2019). "How GT Pivots through English". Teach You Backwards. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Benjamin, Martin (April 1, 2019). "Catalan to Spanish Translations". Teach You Backwards. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Hofstadter, Douglas (January 30, 2018). "The Shallowness of Google Translate". The Atlantic. Emerson Collective. Archived from the original on March 22, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Benjamin, Martin (March 30, 2019). "Source data for Teach You Backwards: An In-Depth Study of Google Translate for 108 Languages". Teach You Backwards. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.

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