The company says it’s fixing that with a major update. Using a technique called Neural Machine Translation, Translate takes on whole sentences at a time instead of going word by word. By looking at a broader context, it’s able to provide more accurate translations than before.
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The new capabilities will be rolled out to eight languages at first: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. Google noted that these cover roughly 35 percent of all translation queries it receives; it’ll eventually become available to all 103 languages that Translate currently supports.