Google Translate turned 10 years old last week. With the power of the Google empire behind it, it’s the world’s most popular machine translation tool. At K International, we can’t help but see how Google Translate has helped people communicate when professional translation is unavailable. However, we are also familiar with the consequences of relying on it too heavily. To celebrate our decade-long love/hate relationship with this service, here are 10 Google Translate facts you should know.
1. More than 500 million people use Google Translate.
According to the Google Translate blog, the service has more than 500 million users. That’s close to the entire population of the European Union, which has 508 million inhabitants. When Google released Google Translate in 2006, the number of users was measured in the hundreds.
2. Google Translate translates more than 100 billion words per day.
That’s roughly equivalent to a stack of 128,000 Bibles, every single day.
3. Google Translate now supports 103 languages.
When it was launched 10 years ago, it only supported two: English and Arabic. Read more