Google preparing to launch simultaneous translation service

Google is ready to launch an oral translation service on Gtalk – which is already providing a multilingual written translation service – according to Google’s marketing manager for Turkey, Middle East and Africa.

“We have two types of software at the moment, one is for turning the sounds into written text that we use in voice search and the other one is translating the written text into other languages that we already use in Gtalk,” said Marketing Manager Mustafa İçil.

İçil said the way the system learned the language and different accents was very similar to how humans acquire a second language, namely, through exposure.