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"Does Google Translate translate directly between any two languages, or does it use a common language as an intermediary step?"

Google Translate doesn't directly translate from one language to another, it often uses English as an intermediate step (L1 → EN → L2).

This two-step process can cause translation errors due to the ambiguity of English and its dependence on context.

Google Translate supports over 133 languages and is used by over 500 million people daily.

It can translate text documents, websites, and real-time conversations between English and over 100 other languages.

The service is offered free of charge and is accessible via a website, mobile app, and API for developers.

Google Translate uses a statistical machine translation model, which can struggle with complex grammar and context.

The imperfect and preterite past tenses in Romance languages are examples of grammatical concepts that can cause difficulties.

Google Translate improved its accuracy by 34% in 2019 compared to the original study using the same input.

A 2021 study by the UCLA Medical Center showed that Google Translate maintained the general meaning in 82.5% of the translations.

For text translation, users can type or paste text and select the desired languages for translation.

For spoken word translation, users can speak into their device's microphone for instant voice translations.

For image translation, users can use the camera to translate text within images.

For real-time conversations, users can use the conversation mode for bilingual conversations.

Google Translate has been available for ten years, initially supporting two languages and expanding to 103 languages and hundreds of millions of users.

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