We can hardly remember a time when we came across text in a foreign language that we weren’t able to translate. It is little wonder since it’s been a decade since the launch of Google Translate. “Ten years ago … our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions,” Google announced in a blog post celebrating the 10th anniversary.
Besides the number of languages, Google has also revealed a few more interesting numbers for Translate. It says that over 500 million users have been using Google Translate and over 100 billion words are translated every day.
Among the most common translations are between languages like English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Indonesian. Google supports translations for over 100 languages, and these also include nine official Indian languages. These are Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
All the translations are possible due to Google’s growing community of volunteers. This community includes over 3.5 million people helping in translations for over 90 languages. “A few properly translated sentences can make a huge difference when faced with a foreign language or country. By reviewing, validating and recommending translations, we’re able to improve the Google Translate on a daily basis,” Google says.
Google Translate has come a long way from translating words on sentences entered on a browser. It has made it much easier for one to have a proper conversation with someone speaking a different language all together. It has also become a must-have service for travelers since getting the ability to translate text or voice in almost real-time. Another important feature is the app’s ability to work without an Internet connection.