Google starts to offer Bengali / Bangla dictation

Bengali bangla handwriting

Random Ink by Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay @Flickr

Google recently made some improvements to its search app that should allow Bengali dictation, raising interesting possibilities for those of us learning the language.

Whilst I can’t currently get the changes to work on my iPhone, seeing as the update is Android-only for now, if you can do so then the change could provide a useful way to work on your pronunciation.

And not just for Bengali, as Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu will also be supported.

Google’s technical program manager Daan van Esch explained explained the technical work underpinning the change.

“To incorporate the new language varieties, we worked with native speakers to collect speech samples, asking them to read common phrases.

“This process trained our machine learning models to understand the sounds and words of the new languages and to improve their accuracy when exposed to more examples over time. And voice input for each of these language will get better over time, as more and more native speakers are making use of the product.”

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