The tool will make it easier for web users to understand blogs, websites and messages written in Farsi by Iranians protesting the recent election results.
Google Translate can now convert text from Farsi (Persian) in to English, and from English in to Persian. Google said it was working hard to quickly provide Farsi support for the other 40 languages featured in its translation service.
“We feel that launching Persian is particularly important now, given ongoing events in Iran,” said Google in a statement. “Like YouTube and other services, Google Translate is one more tool that Persian speakers can use to communicate directly to the world, and vice versa — increasing everyone’s access to information.”
The search giant warned that the translation service was still a work in progress, and was not perfect. “We’re launching this service quickly, so it may perform slowly at times,” warned Google. “We’ll keep a close watch, and if it breaks, we’ll restore service as quickly as we can.”
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