Google Translate Gets Better With Neural Machine Translation

There are many languages present in today's society and some of us have a hard time understanding each other due to the language barrier between us. However, with the help of Google Translate, we have been able to translate someone else's language to overcome that barrier, though Google Translate does sometimes have the tendency to give a really direct and rough translation of a certain language. Well, that is about to change with the latest update to Google Translate.

In the most recent update to its translating service, Google has announced that it is bringing Neural Machine Translation to Google Translate. With this new feature, Google Translate will translate whole sentences at a time, rather than word by word. It then uses this broader context to figure out the most relevant translation, rearranges it and results in a more human like speech along with proper grammar. Thus, you won't seem like a robot when you translate foreign languages when you head overseas. Translated sentences will be easier to understand and translated paragraphs or articles will be smoother to read. This is possible due to the end-to-end build of Neural Machine Translation, which allows the system to learn over time, to come up with better responses, the more it is used. It was first reported back in March this year that Google said it was planning on integrating neural networks into Google Translate, and it looks like they have managed to do so.

The Neural Machine Translation is available starting today and can be used to translate up to eight languages at the moment. The languages are English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. According to Google, these eight languages represent around one third of the worlds current population and they also cover more than 35% of Google Translate queries. The new update is available on Google Search, the Google Translate app for Android, as well as on the web. Google also mentioned that it is planning to roll out the Neural Machine Translation to all 103 languages which are currently available on Google Translate, though it will likely take some time before the rollout is complete.

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