August 17, 2015

Google celebrates Buwan ng Wika with Translate-a-thon

Philippines kicked-off a month-long nationwide translation campaign called Love Your Language with it’s first translate-a-thon to improve the quality of Filipino and Cebuano translations online.

In celebration of Buwan ng Wika, Google invites every Filipino including translators, language lovers, and culture enthusiasts to contribute to the Google Translate Community to help bridge language barriers and bring the Filipino and Cebuano languages and cultures better representation online to share with the rest of the world.

"The Google Translate Community is a platform for Filipinos to express their national pride and love for our local language through their contributions," said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs. "Through this dedicated community effort, we believe that the Filipinos can build a web that truly works for them as they make Filipino and Cebuano languages better understood and appreciated online by both native and non-native speakers.”

Throughout August, Google is holding a series of Love Your Language translate-a-thons across the country through several community-led and campus-led events in Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, General Santos, Guimaras, Halsema, Iligan, Iloilo, La Union, Los Banos, Makati City, Pangasinan, Quezon City, and Zamboanga.

Individuals and organizations who want to help translate as part of Love Your Language in the Philippines can get more information and register at or

Participants are encouraged to share their Google Translate Community anecdotes through their social media channels using hashtags #LoveYourLanguagePH or #GoogleTranslatePH.

Love Your Language Campaign

Love Your Language is Google's way of empowering the communities to build high quality translations online for their languages using the Google Translate Community Tool so that native and non-native speakers can appreciate the language better.

Love Your Language in the Philippines  is NOT a contest.

Google is encouraging Filipinos to help improve the translation of Filipino and Cebuano languages online at their own leisure. But Google will recognize the top contributors in the country at the end of the month because their effort will surely bring better representation to these languages online, and they want to honor them for that.

Everone can be anywhere in the world. If you want your contribution to count towards the submissions coming from the Philippines, sign up here. Otherwise, you can use the Google Translate Community Tool without registering.

You have to sign in using a Gmail account to use the Google Translate Community Tool.  If you don't have a Gmail account, you can sign up for one here

Google advises to use only one account when you sign in to the translate tool so they can attribute the right measurement to your contribution. Google discourages the use of one Gmail account by multiple people for online security reasons.

Feel free to translate Filipino and Cebuano if you're knowledge of them. Your contribution count will be the total number of submissions coming from your Gmail account regardless of language. 

All the submissions made from your Gmail account from August 1, 2015, 12:00 am to August 31, 2015, 11:59 pm will be counted towards your total contribution, whether it's under Translate or Validate, Filipino or Cebuano.

Everyone can keep translating beyond August to continue improving Filipino and Cebuano on the web. But Google will only measure the contribution by organizations and individuals until August 31, 2015 as part of this month-long program. 

For more information, visit the Love Your Language site.

How to use Google Translate Community Too

Once you are a a registered participant (FORM), you may access the Google Translate Community tool at from your computer or mobile devices. Using the tool is very easy:
Step 1: Sign in with your Gmail. 

Step 2: Click on the bar lines at the left and then click on Languages. You may choose English, Filipino and Cebuano. You can also change your settings, check your badges and your stats from here 

Step 3: Select the translation you want to work on. 

Step 4: Translate or Validate. Have fun! 

(There is no English-Cebuano Validation yet. This feature will appear once we have enough English-Cebuano Translations to validate.)

Google Translate 

Today, websites, documents, emails and even instant messages can be translated into 90 different languages -- including Filipino and Cebuano-- instantaneously and for free through Google Translate.

Launched in 2006, Google Translate has become one of Google's most popular and useful products, processing a billion of translations a day. 92% of Translate's 500 million users are outside the USA. It currently supports text inputs in 90 languages and spoken translations in 42 languages. In its conversation mode, Translate can recognize a language being spoken and provide translation between the two languages for 32 languages. It can also recognize and translate text in an image in 36 languages through its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology

Google Translate learns from the available material on the web and gets smarter as it receives more inputs.

Google Translate Community is a free feature on Google Translate that allows language enthusiasts to help improve the translation quality. This helps Google Translate to have quality translated words in 90 languages as well as help Google in launching new supported languages. 

With the new Google Translate Community tool, people can directly contribute in helping improve the representation, accuracy and understanding of their language online. Using this tool, people can generate new translations as well as to rate and compare existing translated words and phrases. 

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