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Bangladesh govt to add 400,000 new Bengali words to Google Translate

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The Bangladesh government has decided to add 400,000 new Bengali words to Google Translate on 26 March (Bangladesh Independence Day) reports PTI. ‘Banglar Jonnyo Char Lakh‘ (400,000 for Bangla) has been organised by the Google Developer Group Bangla along with the State’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division. 4,000 people would be participating across 50 programs in Bangladesh to add Bengali words while more volunteers are expected to join from the US, UK, Portugal and Australia among other countries. In February this year, 65,000 Bengali words were added to Google Translate.

Volunteers would be provided with 120 computers with high speed internet connections for this purpose, reports BDNews24. Dhaka University’s Teacher-Student Centre will also be providing high speed Wi-Fi connectivity. Volunteers adding over a 1000 words will receive an e-certificate from Google. Google would also be publishing the number of Bengali words added to Translate on the same day. Users looking to volunteer can register here.

Over the years, Google Translate has been adding support for Malayalam, Punjabi and Marathi along with Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, totalling the Indic languages count to 10. Globally, it supports 90 languages.

Earlier this year, Google introduced a new lane guidance feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS users in India in Hindi. The Google Maps app would also provide voice-guided instructions, signalling the lane users should stay in, or move to, in navigation mode.

In June last year, Google Translate released an updated version of its Android app to bring in voice input support for eight Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. Google had also introduced handwriting input mode for five Indian languages. Subsequently, Translate added support for Malayalam as a part of its update along with nine other languages including Sinhala, Sudanese, Myanmar, Kazakh, Tajik, Uzbek, Chichewa, Sesotho and Malagasy last month.

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The company had also introduced handwriting input mode for five Indian languages – Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu on the web and its Android app in March last year, a month after adding handwriting support for Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu on its Google Translate iOS app. The company also added Kannada and Tamil handwriting support to its iOS app a month later.

The company had also introduced Hindi handwriting support for Google Translate & Google Search in August 2013 and Gmail & Google Drive in October 2013. It had released offline language packages to Google Translate’s Android app with support for fifty languages including Hindi in March 2013.

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