Google makes translation mistakes by touting the new features of its translator

During the Google I/O 2022 conference, the giant made a myriad of announcements, notably touting the new languages ​​supported by Google Translate. Except that the presentation slide had several translation errors, which did not escape Internet users.

Google Translate: a presentation riddled with errors – Credit: Google

During the Google I/O 2022 conference, Google presented a slew of new products like the Pixel 6a and the Pixel Buds Pro. The Mountain View giant also took the opportunity to unveil the new features of Google Translate. 24 new languages ​​are now supported by the tool such as Ewe (Ghana and Togo), Bhojpuri (India, Nepal, Fiji) or even Lingala (DRC, CAR, Angola).

To illustrate everything, a presentation slide was projected. Problem, the latter had many translation errors. Which is annoying to say the least when you want to promote a translation tool. The Arabic writing appeared in particular upside down. And as user Sam Ettinger pointed out on Twitter, all non-Latin or Cyrillic languages ​​had minor and major errors, including Tibetan and Balinese.

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Google Translate: a risky presentation

As TechCrunch points out, just use Google Translate to get much better translations than those that ended up on Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s slide. Which is disconcerting to say the least. Faced with indignant reactions on social networks, Google has however made amends.

An employee revealed that the video had been edited to correct reported errors. From now on, the presentation video thus theoretically includes more precise translations. Obviously, we are not experts in the field, which prevents us from verifying the quality of these corrections. But we dare to imagine that Google has done its best to correct the errors.

As a reminder, Google Translate, which you can download here, is a devilishly practical tool for translating a text into a foreign language, or even an entire web page. He is also an ally of choice when you are abroad and you do not speak the local language.

Source: TechCrunch

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