In order to help non-English speakers to find answers online in their localized languages, Google today announced that starting today you may see relevant results in English in addition to those in your default language.
“You’ll start to see relevant English-language pages when you’re searching in one of 14 languages: Afrikaans, Malay, Swahili, Serbian, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovenian, Norwegian, Hindi, Catalan, Maltese, Icelandic, Welsh and Albanian,” revealed Jordan Gilliland, Software Engineer – Cross Language Search Team.
“If you click on the main result title, you’ll get to the original English-language page, while the translated link underneath will take you to a translated page. For example, let’s say you speak Hindi and want to find information on mountain climbing — we want to help you also find the relevant pages in English and for these, you’ll also see a translation into your language,” explains Gilliland.
Adding, he said “Language is one of the biggest barriers to making information universally accessible, and we’ve been working to make increasing use of machine translation to improve search across languages. This is especially important for languages with less prevalent local language content available online. You should also get the most relevant information regardless of the language you’re searching in. We use machine translation to translate your search, find the pages that best answer your question and translate the relevant results for you.”