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Google To Improve On Kiswahili, IsiZulu and IsiXhosa Translations

Poor translations of Kiswahili, IsiZulu and IsiXhosa to improve on Google Translate.

SOUTH AFRICA–You may or may not have noticed how poorly Google Translate interprets African languages such as IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and KiSwahili. The feature normally translates word-for-word which results in incoherent sentences.


Well, that's going to come to an end, according to Google South Africa. The South African newspaper, City Press reports that this will be achieved by machines being taught to teach themselves using long short-term memories called LSTMs.

The update will enable machines to translate the languages almost similar to how human beings do. Laura Scott, Google’s manager of Reputation Communications and Public Affairs was quoted by the paper saying, “With neural translation we believe that the translations are now significantly better than they were before, particularly with long sentences.”

Scott further highlighted the challenges the tech giant faces with the three languages. “It is of course very complicated to see improvements in languages where there’s not such a body of reference material, like in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and Kiswahili—the improvements won’t be as huge as the Chinese improvements we saw last year, for instance. So that might mean that some of the short word translations are not as good as you might expect, but we think that the trade-off is good, and we’ve seen enough of an improvement to think that those are worth being let into the world.”

Which explains why there are still some translations the application still gets wrong. But hopefully, with time, things will get better.

Read the full report on the City Press website here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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