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Announcement
May 5th, 2008

Google today announced the launch of Google Translate™ translation service for Hindi. This new launch enables automated translation between Hindi and English. If you want to translate some text, a web page, or issue a query in Hindi and have results translated from English, you can do it at: http://www.google.com/translate_t. Of the total literate Indian population, only about 13% are English literate. Keeping this in mind, this launch is a step towards ensuring that Hindi speaking users in India can benefit from the richness of the Internet, regardless of their familiarity with English language.

This launch is the latest in a series of updates that are all focused on making it easier for multi-lingual users in India.

Many of us use the Internet for a variety of activities: to communicate with our friends and family, to express our views and to search for information. Do you remember your best friend from college? Wouldn’t it be nice to find him and see what he is doing these days? Would you like to express your views on a topic that you’re knowledgeable about? If you like movies and think you’re a good critic, why not publish your movie reviews online? What about looking for information that you need? Perhaps a recipe? Or details on the upcoming elections? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have all this information available at the click of a button?

You can do all these things and more on the Internet if you are an English speaker, but what about if you want to communicate in your native language? After all, we switch back and forth between languages in our daily lives – we should be able to do the same online. We at Google India are working hard to make this happen, and we would like to take this opportunity to describe some of the products we have launched.

Easier Data entry. First, we’ve built a way for you to easily type in Hindi using your regular keyboard. You only need to type the word as it sounds. For example, you can type “mera” using regular English characters, hit the space bar, and we’ll convert it to the corresponding Hindi word. We launched this technology on Google Labs India. (You can also add an iGoogle gadget to your home page to do the same thing). Available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Scrap your friends. We got such a positive response from our users in India that we decided to make this technology available across other Google products as well. If you want to find that old school friend and start chatting with him, you can now send orkut scraps in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam

Express your views. If you would like to express your views on a subject you’re very passionate or knowledgeable about, you can create your own blog and write blog posts in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Find information. Google now makes it easy to search for the latest election news or film gossip in Hindi. Go to the Google Hindi search page and simply start typing your query using English characters. We will convert it into Hindi and suggest queries based on what you type. For example, if you want to find information about Amitabh Bachchan, you can simply start typing “Amitabh” and we will suggest the full term in Hindi for you.

Unfortunately, there is still a lack of good information available online for Hindi speakers. We are sure that will change, but in the meantime, Google Translate should help by automatically translating English search results into Hindi: http://www.google.com/translate_t. You can also access this page by going to www.google.co.in and clicking on the “Language Tools” menu option to the right of the search box.

Let us make the web as multi-lingual as we are. Communicate with your friends, express your views, create content and find information online in your language.

Links to Indic Products

1) Labs:

Hindi (http://www.google.co.in/transliterate/indic/Hindi)
Tamil (http://www.google.co.in/transliterate/indic/Tamil)
Telugu (http://www.google.co.in/transliterate/indic/Telugu)
Kannada (http://www.google.co.in/transliterate/indic/Kannada)
Malayalam (http://www.google.co.in/transliterate/indic/Malayalam)

2) Blogger:

Hindi (http://blogger.com/indic/hi)
Tamil (http://blogger.com/indic/ta)
Telugu (http://blogger.com/indic/te)
Kannada (http://blogger.com/indic/kn)
Malayalam (http://blogger.com/indic/ml)

3) Search (with Suggest):

Hindi (http://www.google.co.in/hi)
Tamil (http://www.google.co.in/ta)
Telugu (http://www.google.co.in/te)
Kannada (http://www.google.co.in/kn)
Malayalam (http://www.google.co.in/ml)

4) Orkut: (http://www.orkut.com/Scrapbook.aspx)

5) iGoogle Gadget (http://www.google.com/ig/adde?moduleurl=www.google.com/ig/modules/indic_transliteration.xml)

Media Contacts:

Roli Agarwal
Communications & Public Affairs Manager
Google India
roli@google.com
040-66193600

Kanika Khanna
20:20 MEDIA
kanika@2020india.com
+91-9810934606