Google Translate seeks help with Vietnamese

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 08:00

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Google launched its Google Translate Community and hosted its first ‘Love Your Language' translate-a-thon in HCM City yesterday in an effort to improve the Vietnamese language on the web and make useful information more accessible to users of Vietnamese.

Google Translate Community is a new feature in the Google Translate tool that enables users to contribute to improving translations.

Users can access it at

This feature is available for everybody in more than 90 languages and provides two options for users -- translate and validate.

With the translate option, users are given a random word or term and asked to provide a translation. For validate, the tool provides a word or term with multiple translations and users just need to choose the right answers.

"Vietnamese is a beautiful but complicated language, and we're working hard to make more of our products available in Vietnamese language and to reduce the language barrier that Vietnamese speakers face on the web," Sophie Tran, head of marketing, Viet Nam, Google Asia Pacific, explained.

Google will hold several "Love your Language" translate-a-thon sessions at various universities in HCM City and Ha Noi from March 19 to 21.

While Google Translate has been available in Vietnamese for some time, there is a lot that Vietnamese speakers can do to help, according to Google, which is seeking volunteers.—VNS

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