Google adds Luganda to Google Translate

Bulange, is a building that houses the Lukiiko of the Kingdom of Buganda. The Kabaka of Buganda and the Katikkiro of Buganda also maintain offices in the building (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Google LLC, is an American multinational technology company that focuses on artificial intelligence, search engine, has revealed its latest changes to Google Translate—announcing 24 new more languages including Luganda.

Luganda is a Bantu language spoken in the African Great Lakes region.

It is one of the major languages in Uganda and is spoken by more than 15 million Baganda and other people principally in central Uganda including the capital Kampala of Uganda

Luganda is Uganda’s defacto language of national identity as it’s the most widely spoken Ugandan language used mostly in trade in urban areas, the language is also the most unofficial spoken language in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

As a second language, it follows English and precedes Swahili in Uganda.

Google has enlisted the help of native speakers and linguists to help refine the translations.

Luganda Google

Google to Translate Luganda Language

According to the developers, the new languages aren’t the world’s most common languages, but some are used by millions of people across the globe.

These new languages are the first the company has added to the service using its Zero-Shot Machine Translation technology.

It’s a machine learning model that can learn to translate words into another language without having to see any examples.

Google hasn’t shared details on how this works, but it’s a technology the company has been talking about since 2016.

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