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DeepL Translator learns Japanese and Chinese

Two of the questions we are most often asked are, “when will you add Japanese?” and “when will you add Chinese?” We are pleased to say, "今日!" Or, "今天!"

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Another breakthrough in AI translation quality

We are pleased to inform you that, today, we have launched a completely new translation system that represents another quantum leap in translation quality. The neural networks we use are far superior to previous technologies and you can now test and use them free of charge at www.DeepL.com.

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DeepL wins first-ever Honorary German AI Award

The night of September 26th was very special for DeepL. In a ceremony at Factory Berlin am Görlitzer Park, DeepL was awarded the first-ever Honorary AI Award at the inaugural German AI Awards (Deutscher KI-Preis). To say that we are honored would be an understatement. Being singled out for this award is an extremely gratifying recognition of our efforts over the past two years.

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Press Release — DeepL Translator adds Japanese and Chinese

Cologne, Germany, March 19th, 2020

Germany’s top AI company, DeepL, is proud to now provide machine translation for two of the most highly-anticipated and in-demand languages: Japanese and Chinese.

In Europe and the Americas, DeepL is already known as the world’s best AI translation company. Now, following a long period of intensive research, the company has added two of Asia’s most-spoken languages, with quality exceeding other machine translation systems. “China and Japan are two of the most economically and culturally important countries, so this has been an important goal for us for a long time,” said DeepL CEO Jaroslaw Kutylowski. “Now that our systems produce Chinese and Japanese translations that live up to our standards, we have reached an important milestone in our quest to bring people around the world closer together.”

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As always, to ensure the highest quality, DeepL blind-tested their new systems: Japanese and Chinese translators were presented with anonymized translations from DeepL and competitors such as Google, Microsoft, and Chinese giants Baidu and Youdao, and were asked to select the best results.* DeepL once again came out on top in all language combinations.

Achieving high levels of accuracy and natural-sounding Chinese and Japanese translations proved to be an exciting challenge for DeepL’s researchers. On the back of early 2020’s advances in the company’s neural network architecture, the team of mathematicians and computer engineers trained new algorithms on millions of translated texts and sought the insights of DeepL’s Chinese and Japanese language experts to optimize performance.

The result is translation AI familiar with several thousand Chinese characters and Japanese kanji, hiragana, and katakana, and able to recognize the context in which words and phrases occur. DeepL’s systems capture linguistic nuances to produce natural-sounding translations using language relevant to a specific field, such as legal or medical terminology.

Translation to and from Japanese and Chinese is now available free of charge on DeepL.com. The addition of these two languages brings the total number of translation combinations available on DeepL Translator to 110, and expands DeepL’s language coverage to more than 1 billion potential new users.

*Further details about the blind tests can be found at DeepL.com/Blog.

About DeepL

DeepL is a German company that has set itself the goal of eliminating language barriers worldwide through the use of artificial intelligence. Since 2017, it has provided DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that, according to blind tests, achieves the world's best translation quality, on www.DeepL.com. It also provides professional products for companies, organizations, and translators. Over half a billion people have used DeepL's services to date.

The exceptional quality of DeepL's machine translation services is based on proprietary improvements that the team has achieved in neural network mathematics and methodology.

The company is led by CEO and co-founder Jaroslaw Kutylowski and supported by world-renowned investors such as Benchmark and b-to-v.


Press Release — DeepL achieves new breakthrough in AI translation quality

Cologne, Germany, February 6th, 2020

German start-up DeepL has released a new translation system that represents a quantum leap in translation quality. The artificial intelligence is far superior to all extant translation technologies and is free to use on www.DeepL.com.

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The company made headlines as early as 2017, when it outshone the translation systems of all major high-tech companies with DeepL Translator. For the first time, the newly-designed neural networks were able to translate even longer passages without errors. As a result, the popularity of DeepL grew rapidly: More than half a billion people used its services in 2019.

Today, DeepL is releasing a new translation system based on its many advancements in artificial intelligence. All criteria that make a good translation have been improved by the new system. The meaning of translated sentences is more accurately conveyed in the target language, and, at the same time, the new system often finds more professional formulations.

DeepL's new translation system was also scientifically evaluated in blind tests: 119 lengthy passages from different domains were translated with DeepL Translator and competing systems, such as Google Translate or Microsoft Translator. Professional translators then evaluated these translations and selected the best one - without being informed which system had produced which translation. The translators selected DeepL's translations four times more often than those of any other system.*

DeepL has demonstrated once again that European companies can not only keep up with the world leaders in the field of Deep Learning, but can also set new standards. "We assume that companies such as Google or Microsoft also have very good data for training neural translation networks," says DeepL co-founder and CEO Jaroslaw Kutylowski. "On the other hand, we have achieved many innovations in the mathematics and methodology of neural networks. It is, of course, a special moment for the whole team now that these improvements can be used by billions of people."

DeepL's vision is to break down language barriers worldwide and bring cultures closer together. To achieve this, the company is planning to add many more languages and, in the coming months and years, wants to integrate translation technology wherever people communicate, interact, or do business with each other. This vision also motivates many AI researchers and developers to join DeepL; the number of employees more than doubled in 2019 to 60, and Kutylowski is expecting a further doubling in 2020: "Highly-qualified applicants are naturally always welcome here."

*Further details about the blind tests can be found at DeepL.com/press.

About DeepL

DeepL is a German company that has set itself the goal of eliminating language barriers worldwide through the use of artificial intelligence. Since 2017, it has provided DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that, according to blind tests, achieves the world's best translation quality, on www.DeepL.com. It also provides professional products for companies, organizations, and translators. Over half a billion people have used DeepL's services to date.

The exceptional quality of DeepL's machine translation services is based on proprietary improvements that the team has achieved in neural network mathematics and methodology.

The company is led by CEO and co-founder Jaroslaw Kutylowski and supported by world-renowned investors such as Benchmark and b-to-v.


Press Release — A new approach to translating with DeepL

Cologne, Germany, September 12th, 2019

Germany’s leading AI company, DeepL, today unveils a new way to use their machine translation technology: direct integration into Windows and Mac operating systems. Millions of people enjoy DeepL’s unparalleled translation quality – as evidenced by each day’s 7 billion translated characters. Making the translation technology accessible wherever it’s needed helps DeepL users work even faster.

“The need for high-quality translations is not limited to a website, so neither should the solution be,” said CEO Jaroslaw Kutylowski. “We looked at how our users are translating and created a tool that streamlines the process and expands the scope of where DeepL can be useful.”

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The software operates in the background and can be activated with a keyboard shortcut; there’s no need to copy text to the website and back in order to use the translation. The integration creates a direct connection between DeepL and any Windows or Mac computer.

Translations can be called up at any time, without ever leaving the program or application. The user need only select the text to be translated and press ⌘C (Mac) or Ctrl+C (Windows) twice. DeepL then displays the translation, along with alternatives. One final click inserts the translation into the user’s text.

“This integration represents a further step in our quest to provide high-quality AI solutions to everyday language problems,” said Kutylowski. “By opening up new avenues to use DeepL, we hope to see even more people expressing themselves, sharing information, and making new connections.”

The DeepL software supports the same 72 language combinations as on DeepL.com, as well as providing the much-loved alternate translations, synonyms, and other formulations. New languages will automatically become available once added to DeepL. Subscribers to premium service DeepL Pro can sign into their accounts via the software. The software is free to download at DeepL.com/app.

About DeepL

DeepL is a deep learning company that develops AI systems for languages. The company was founded in 2009 as Linguee and introduced the first internet search engine for translations. Linguee has answered over 10 billion queries from more than 1 billion users. It is one of the top 200 most widely-used websites in France, Germany, Spain, and other countries.

In 2017, the company introduced DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that is able to produce translations of unprecedented quality, available for free at​ DeepL.com/translator. DeepL Pro, a paid premium service, was released in early 2018.

The company’s latest development, software enabling the integration of DeepL's translation technology into Windows and Mac operating systems, is available to download for free as of today, September 12th, 2019.

DeepL continues to develop artificial intelligence products that will expand human possibility, overcome language barriers, and bring cultures closer together.


Press Release — DeepL's first language expansion

Cologne, Germany, December 5th, 2018

DeepL today introduces the world’s best AI translation services for two of the most-spoken and most influential languages: Russian and Portuguese.

With the addition of Portuguese, the company is responding to thousands of requests from users around the world. Today, DeepL’s Portuguese translation service is tearing down the language barrier for a further 230 million people. The neural networks continuously train on millions of texts and can handle the nuances of the Portuguese language, with a wide vocabulary encompassing Brazilian and European Portuguese.

Russian is the first DeepL language to use a non-Latin script. The Cyrillic alphabet is no barrier to clear and accurate translations: DeepL Translator produces results beyond anything yet seen from Google or even Russian Internet giant Yandex. 260+ million Russian speakers have never had a more powerful tool to connect with the rest of the world.

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To test system performance, DeepL Translator and the services of internet giants translated 500 sentences, which were then presented to professional translators. Just as with previous languages, DeepL Translator consistently achieved the highest quality ratings between Russian, Portuguese, and English.

These results further confirm that DeepL is the world leader in AI translation technology and continues to have its sights set on further development.

DeepL Translator now supports 72 language combinations between English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Dutch. The neural networks are training to master further languages, including Mandarin and Japanese.

About DeepL

DeepL is a deep learning company that develops AI systems for languages. The company was founded in 2009 as Linguee and introduced the first internet search engine for translations. Linguee has answered over 10 billion queries from more than 1 billion users. It is one of the top 200 most widely-used websites in France, Germany, Spain, and other countries.

In 2017, the company introduced DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that is able to produce translations of unprecedented quality, available for free at​ DeepL.com/translator.

DeepL continues to develop artificial intelligence products that will expand human possibility, overcome language barriers, and bring cultures closer together.


Press Release — DeepL Pro

Cologne, Germany, March 20th, 2018

Last August, DeepL raised the bar for the field of AI translation with the launch of DeepL Translator, whose accuracy left competitors scrambling to catch up. Since then, the company has been inundated by requests from developers and businesses looking to build the next generation of multilingual apps and services. Today sees the response to that demand; DeepL Pro.

DeepL Pro provides an application programming interface (API) for developers, a software plug-in for translators, and an enhanced web translation service. Additionally, DeepL Pro users enjoy excellent data protection; their texts and translations are never stored for any purpose, ensuring full confidentiality.

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The long-awaited DeepL API is the platform upon which developers can create exciting new products: Live video and chat translation apps, browser extensions, email clients, augmented reality translators, etc. Integrating the DeepL API into internal business procedures allows global companies to overcome the challenges posed by language barriers.

A further audience for DeepL Pro is professional translators, already using software to better organize and manage their projects. Users of the world-leading SDL Trados Studio 2017 can immediately benefit from incorporating DeepL’s machine translation technology into their workflow, maximizing speed and productivity. With technology handling the grunt work, the translator is free to apply the finishing touches.

DeepL’s position in the AI market is unique. As a company based in Germany, DeepL adheres to the European Union’s world-leading data protection regulations. DeepL Pro subscribers have the added security of knowing that their texts are never stored.

Breaking onto the market last summer with the best machine translation quality yet seen, DeepL’s research and development team has managed to continuously outdo themselves. Record scores in scientific testing have consistently been improved upon.*

“Our neural networks have developed an astounding sense of understanding,” says CEO Dr. Gereon Frahling. “Expect further DeepL products to go far beyond translation and change the way you handle text and speech.”

* The previous BLEU record on the widely-used WMT 2014 newstest set for English-German was 28.4, achieved by the Google research department. On the same set, upon the launch of DeepL Translator in August 2017, DeepL obtained a BLEU score of 31.1. In March 2018, the neural networks set a new record of 33.1. DeepL also outperforms the competition in blind testing by professional translators.

About DeepL

DeepL is a deep learning company that develops AI systems for languages. The company was founded in 2009 as Linguee and introduced the first internet search engine for translations. Linguee has answered over 10 billion queries from more than 1 billion users. It is one of the top 200 most widely-used websites in France, Germany, Spain, and other countries.

In 2017, the company introduced DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that is able to produce translations of unprecedented quality, available for free at DeepL.com/translator.

DeepL’s latest product, DeepL Pro, is a fee-based subscription service, publicly available as of today, March 20th, 2018.

DeepL continues to develop artificial intelligence products that will expand human possibility, overcome language barriers, and bring cultures closer together.


Press Release — DeepL Translator

Cologne, Germany, August 29th, 2017

German tech company DeepL launches DeepL Translator, a breakthrough in neural machine translation that delivers translations of unrivaled quality. From today, it is available to everyone, free of charge on www.DeepL.com.

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Despite the money and resources that major internet companies have been pumping into the development of neural networks, it is DeepL that can boast the world's most accurate and natural-sounding machine translation tool. When users enter a text, DeepL’s artificial intelligence is able to capture even the slightest nuances and reproduce them in translation unlike any other service.

In blind tests pitting DeepL Translator against the competition, translators preferred DeepL’s results by a factor of 3:1. Automated tests bear this out, as well. Within the field of machine translation, the gold standard for measuring system performance is the bilingual evaluation understudy (BLEU) score, which compares machine-translated texts with those produced by a translator. DeepL Translator achieves record BLEU scores.*

"We have achieved several significant improvements in neural network architecture," says Gereon Frahling, the company’s founder and CEO. “By arranging the neurons and their connections differently, we have enabled our networks to map natural language more comprehensively than any other neural network to date.”

DeepL’s revolutionary neural architecture runs on a supercomputer in Iceland, capable of 5.1 petaFLOPS (5 100 000 000 000 000 operations per second), enough power to translate a million words in under a second. “Due to the abundance of renewable energy, we can train our neural networks very cost-efficiently in Iceland. We will continue to invest in high-performance hardware,” explains CTO Jaroslaw Kutylowski.

The DeepL team uses this supercomputer to train neural translation networks on a huge collection of multilingual texts. In training, the networks examine a multitude of translations and learn independently how to translate with correct grammar and structure. Here, DeepL can draw on the success of its first product: Linguee, the world’s largest translation search engine. Over the past decade, DeepL has gathered over a billion high-quality translated texts, the finest possible training material for a neural translation network.

DeepL Translator currently supports 42 language combinations between English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Dutch. The neural networks are already training to master more languages like Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian. DeepL also intends to release an API in the coming months, allowing its superior translations to enhance other products such as digital assistants, dictionaries, language learning apps, and professional translation programs.

“DeepL’s ambitions are not limited to translation,” says Frahling. “Our neural networks have developed a level of text understanding that opens several exciting possibilities.”

*The previous record on the widely-used WMT 2014 newstest set for English-German was 28.4, achieved by the Google research department. On the same set, DeepL’s public translation service obtains a BLEU score of 31.1. For the 2014 newstest set for English-French, DeepL Translator achieves a BLEU score of 44.7, besting the previous record by more than 3 points.

About DeepL

DeepL is a deep learning company that develops AI systems for languages. The company was founded in 2009 as Linguee and introduced the first internet search engine for translations. Linguee has answered over 10 billion queries from more than 1 billion users. It is one of the top 200 most widely-used websites in France, Germany, Spain, and other countries.

In 2017, the company introduced DeepL Translator, a machine translation system that is able to produce translations of unprecedented quality, available for free at​ DeepL.com/translator.

DeepL continues to develop artificial intelligence products that will expand human possibility, overcome language barriers, and bring cultures closer together.

For media inquiries, please contact press(at)DeepL.com


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How do we compare to the competition?

DeepL’s networks consistently outperform other translation systems, making ours the world’s best translation machine. Try it out for yourself or read on to see a quantitative comparison of our system to others.

119 paragraphs from different domains were translated by the various systems. External professional translators were hired to review the translations - without information about which system produced which translation. The graph displays how often each system’s translations were rated better than all other translations. Not shown are cases where several systems produced the best translation. The tests were performed in January 2020.
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