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Google Translate adds 10 more languages to its sets

Search engine Google has added 10 new languages to its free translation service bringing it to a whopping 23-language offering (ed : that's more than 500 language pairs) and has also added a "detect language" option.

This feature allows Google to automatically detect the language of the text under scrutiny; arguably, the longer the text, the more accurate the translation will be.

The newly featured languages include Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian and Swedish.

Google also offers a gadget which allows people to translate to get their website translated on the fly while developers will get their hands on an AJAX language API for more ambitious projects.

Machine translation though is far from being a precise science and Google is working hard to improve the quality of its translation tools.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.