Apr 6, 2013 4:14 PM by Monica Gouty
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - You might use Google Translate to read a hard-to-find Manga comic book or to decipher an obscure recipe for authentic Polish blintzes. Or, like Phillip and Niki Smith in rural Mississippi, you could use it to rescue a Chinese orphan and fall in love at the same time.
Google is now doing a record billion translations on any given day, as much text as you'd find in 1 million books, from school lunch menus to national intelligence gathering.
The Smith family adopted 14-year-old Guan Ya, who is deaf, in March. They communicate almost exclusively through Google Translate on an iPhone. Guan Ya types in Chinese characters, her parents in English. They pass the phone back and forth, hitting the "translate" button for these important words: "I love you!"