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Google Translate now speaks Sindhi, Pashto

Saying “hello” in Sindhi and Pashto online just got a little easier with the addition of these and 10 other languages to Google Translate today. This brings the total number of languages Google Translate supports to just over 100, making it simpler for people, no matter what language they speak, to communicate with one another.

Google Translate is a free tool that allows anyone to translate information from one language to another. You can use the Translate app on your Android or iOS phone to type in over 100 different languages or hand write phrases in 90 languages. What’s more, Google Translate is also integrated into Google products like Chrome, Search, Gmail and YouTube so that content automatically appears in your language of choice.

It’s estimated that there are over 26 million Sindhi speakers around the world. Speakers of these languages will now be able to type or handwrite a phrase on their phone or computer and it will be instantly translated into English, or vice versa.

Bringing a new language online takes a mix of machine translation, authoritative content, and the help of passionate language speakers with tools like Translate Community. This gives people who know and love their language a way to directly contribute to helping improve the representation, accuracy and understanding of their language online.

With International Mother Language Day coming up this Sunday, you can join people around the world using Translate Community to generate and rate translations of words and phrases the languages you speak. Every contribution to Google Translate Community helps improve the quality of translation over time.

Posted by Sveta Kelman, Senior Program Manager, Google Translate

Google Translate keeps getting better with your help

People use Google Translate a whole lot—we translate over 100 billion words a day! However, in the past, our translation systems have generally been better at making sense of government and business documents than in helping people casually communicate.

But that’s all changing thanks to people like you and a recent update we rolled out. So the next time you translate informal speech in Google Translate, you might just find a better translation. Here's an example of how it’s improved:
So how exactly are people like you impacting Google Translate? Well, with Translate Community hundreds of thousands of people have generously donated their time in service of cross-language communication. It’s fun and really easy: tell us what languages you speak; choose to either see a phrase and translate it on your own or correct current translations already in the system. Based on translations from the community, we will incorporate corrections and over time learn the language a little better.

There’s a whole lot more work to do, but with more help from everyday people through Translate Community, we can continue to improve the 90 languages we already speak and keep adding more.

Translate Community: Google I/O Challenge

For the last 10 months, multilingual users around the world have flocked to the Google Translate Community to help improve their language(s) on Google Translate through translating and validating common phrases.

Since launch, we've seen some amazing contributions, from Kyrgyz speakers who are getting us closer to adding their language to Google Translate, to Bengali speakers who organized 80 translate-a-thon events, significantly increasing translation quality for their language.
Translate Community: Google I/O Challenge (May 26 - June 5, 2015)
Now, we're challenging all Google I/O attendees (onsite and offsite!) to represent your language(s) during the Translate Community: I/O Challenge running from May 26 to June 5, 2015. Our goal is to reach over 5 million total contributions during the challenge.

You can make meaningful contributions in just a few minutes, and remember that all contributions matter—we encourage you to spread the word in your local community and amongst your friends and family to increase the contributions for your language(s). More contributions mean higher quality translations for your language(s), or helping your language(s) become supported on Google Translate, if they aren’t yet.

To get started:
  • Sign up in the new version of Translate Community at g.co/translate/io
  • Set your language(s) and contribute with as many high-quality translations / validations you have time for
  • Invite others to join the challenge and show support for your language on social with the official #io15 & #loveyourlanguage hashtags
You can follow which languages are getting the most contributions on our Google+ page, where we’ll post updates on who's leading the way throughout the challenge. Besides helping your language rise to the top of our leaderboard, if you’re one of the top high-quality contributors, you’ll get a Google Translate certificate for your linguistic legerdemain and might even get a shoutout on our social channels.

Built with Polymer
In the spirit of Google I/O, we recently released a new version of the Translate Community using Polymer. In addition to supporting your language, be one of the first to try out the new look of Translate Community.
This new version takes advantage of Web Components in Polymer. We're one of the first teams at Google to use Polymer this way—it’s now much easier to add new features like badges, upgrade our design, and ensure it works great on smartphones and tablets, in addition to desktop. We're looking forward to leading the way by offering our community a fun and engaging place to make a positive impact.