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Google's AI-powered translator works with three more languages

Neural machine translation now works with Hindi, Russian and Vietnamese.
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Google wants language translation to sound more natural. Last year, it began moving away from phrase-based machine translation and created an AI-powered system called Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT). Now, the company says it's expanding GNMT to Hindi, Russian and Vietnamese.

GNMT produces higher quality translations than its phrase-based counterparts because it considers the entire sentence instead of breaking it up. It takes each character and compares it to those that come before and after. This is important to deciphering languages like Mandarin Chinese, for example, where words can mean different things based on which characters they're paired with.

Google began using neural machine translation with Mandarin Chinese last year, then expanded support to include English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Turkish. Around one-third of the world's population speaks these languages, TechCrunch notes, and they make up more than 35 percent of all Google Translate queries. Eventually, Google plans to use neural machine translation for all 103 languages in the app.

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