Persian Language Support Added to Google Translate and Facebook
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jun 2009
At the end of the week, while the US of A is rushing to get an iPhone 3G S, we have two great piece of news for the Persian native speaker. The first is that Google Translate, the free online language translation service that can translate text as well as web pages, has enhanced its translation capabilities and consequently now comes with support for Persian. With this great new addition to Google Translate you can now seamlessly translate news stories, websites, emails, tweets and even Facebook messages from English to Persian and the other way around.

As is the case with all machine translations, the service has its fair share of drawbacks, but it is an important step in enabling Persian speakers to communicate with the rest of the world.


Principal Scientist with Google Translate, Franz Och, comments: “We've optimized this service [Google Translate] for translation between Persian and English. But we're working hard to improve Persian translation for the additional 40 languages available via Google Translate. If you see something you think is incorrectly translated, we invite you to click on the "contribute a better translation" link and we'll learn from your correction. As with all machine translation, it's not perfect yet. And we're launching this service quickly, so it may perform slowly at times. We'll keep a close watch and if it breaks, we'll restore service as quickly as we can.

If you would like to get started with Google Translate, visit the official web page here.

The second piece of good news for Persian speakers comes from the very popular social networking site Facebook. After releasing a Swahili Facebook version a very little time ago, the team at Facebook has also addressed the needs of the Persian speaking Facebook user.

Facebook’s Erin Wan explains: “We're making the entire site available in a beta version of Persian. If your browser is set to Persian, you should automatically see the Persian version of Facebook. If you'd like to change your language into Persian, go here, or click on the "Settings" link in the upper-right corner of any page and then go to the "Language" tab. You then can select the language you want from the drop-down menu.”

Tags: Google, Google Translate, Facebook, Persian, Farsi
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