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About 10 million people speak Quechua, but automatically translating text into America’s most widespread Indigenous language family is nearly impossible.

That changed on May 11, when Google added 24 languages, including Quechua, to Google Translate.

The company claims to be able to expand its language offering thanks to new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The technology works by training an AI system in a hundred data-rich languages. The system then applies what it learns to hundreds of other languages ​​it doesn’t speak.

“Imagine being a great polyglot and starting to read novels in another language. Based on your language skills in general, you can start to figure out what that might mean,” explained Google researcher Isaac Caswell.

Other new languages ​​added to Google Translate are smaller languages ​​like Mizo, spoken by around 800,000 people in northeastern India, and larger languages ​​like Lingala, spoken by around 45 million people in Central Africa.

Google said its products now support 133 languages.

In its announcement, Google said that the quality of translations in the newly added languages ​​was not as good as that of the other supported languages. However, the company only added languages ​​when its AI systems reached a certain level of performance, Caswell said.

The added languages ​​aren’t yet understood by Google’s voice assistant, and the company says it’s working on adding voice recognition and other features.

Google’s decision to add Quechua is a victory for language activists like Luis Illaccanqui, who created the Qichwa 2.0 website, which contains dictionaries and resources for learning Quechua.

Illaccanqui, who is from Peru, said Quechua in Google Translate will help give it the same status as Spanish and keep it alive for the next generation.

Quechua was the lingua franca of the Inca Empire, which stretched from what is now southern Colombia to central Chile. After the Spanish invaded Peru more than 400 years ago, Quechua was spoken less and less.

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