In the offline world, most Indians prefer to read, interact, and communicate in their native language rather than English. However, in the online world, Indian language usage remains a small fraction of English usage. One of the primary reasons for this difference is the lack of high quality online content in these languages. At Google, we believe that language is a key for universally accessible information and people should be able to consume information in their preferred language. Google Translate, our automatic translation system, is pretty handy when it comes to quickly translating and understanding a web page, but to create a more polished and professional looking page, it could use a human touch.
Today, we launched Google Translator Toolkit, a powerful but easy-to-use editor that enables translators to bring that human touch to machine translation and create high quality content in their native language. With the large number of Indians who are proficient in English and are passionate about their native language, we hope that this will catalyze the process of making the internet more relevant to Indian users. For example, if you would like to translate a Wikipedia™ article about your city into Hindi, you can simply upload the corresponding English article into Translator Toolkit, review and correct the automatic translation, and click publish. By using Translator Toolkit's bag of tools – translation search, bilingual dictionaries, and ratings – you can translate the article faster, better into Hindi. With the transliteration support integrated in the toolkit, you can create content by typing phonetically using the English keyboard. Best of all, our automatic translation system can learn from your corrections, creating a virtuous cycle that helps translate into local languages faster
Besides Wikipedia, we've also integrated with Knol, and we support common document types including Word and HTML. For translation professionals, we provide advanced features such as terminology and translation memory management.
For more information, check out our introductory video below. And if you're a professional translator or just a linguaphile, try Google Translator Toolkit for easier and faster translations. Be sure and let us know what you think. Thank you for your help in making information more accessible to Indian language users.
Posted by Sanjay Bhansali & Sunil Chandra, Google Translator Toolkit Team