Google today announced it has added its 65th language to Google translate: Lao. A quick check shows the new language (currently in alpha) is indeed available on the new service, although itâ€™s not yet offered in Google Chromeâ€™s built-in translation feature.
Google took the opportunity today to emphasize its Translate team is â€śconstantly working to improve automatic translations,â€ť including collecting new data, tweaking algorithms, and improving the grammaticality of translations. This is for languages available since day one, all the way up to languages that have yet to be added because they donâ€™t meet the search giantâ€™s â€ślaunch standards.â€ť
Obviously Lao has met Googleâ€™s expectations, otherwise it wouldnâ€™t be available now (see the screenshot above). Nevertheless, the company says â€śtranslation quality is at the lower end compared to that of other languages we offerâ€ť and that the Lao option will fail in situations â€śwhere more precise translations are needed.â€ť
If you know Lao, the company is thus asking for your help. You can contribute in two ways: provide alternate translations by clicking on words or phrases of the translated sentence and use the Google Translator Toolkit to upload translations.
If you donâ€™t know anything about the Lao language, hereâ€™s a short excerpt from Wikipedia: â€śLao or Laotian is a tonal language of the Taiâ€“Kadai language family. It is the official language of Laos, and also spoken in the northeast of Thailand, where it is usually referred to as the Isan language.â€ť
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