The Google Translate app isn't a new development. In fact, if you've traveled internationally in the last couple of years, you may have used the app to find the nearest bathroom or the best local food.
To be able to go to a country like Georgia and be able to talk to the locals without even opening a book is a pretty amazing thing. But even though Google Translate allows you to communicate in over 100 languages, there are still some drawbacks.
The app doesn't have the ability to translate full sentences for every single language offered. For some languages, the app will only translate words and phrases — which will totally help you get by when traveling, but sort of leaves you hoping people will understand your broken communication.
And that's why this news is so exciting for those who enjoy speaking other languages without needing to pick up a Rosetta Stone.
Google announced that it has improved the way its translation service translates Hindi, Russian, Vietnamese and a bunch of other languages by funneling them through its AI-powered deep neural networks.
We're not saying the lovely Vietnamese ladies working in your favorite nail salons are talking about you, but at least you'll have the option to figure it out for yourself now!
Neural machine translation has been translating languages since last year, making the translations "more accurate and sound closer to the way people speak the language," according to Google.
You'll be able to get the new translations automatically anywhere Google Translate is available: in the iOS and Android apps, at translate.google.com and through Google Search and the Google app.
Over the next few weeks, Google will be adding neural machine translation to even more languages. Soon enough, all the languages of the entire world will be at your fingertips. Literally.