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from http://techcrunch.com 741 days ago

The Internet has vastly improved how people can communicate with each other around the world — but it’s also, inevitably, played a part in dominant languages like English, and the Roman alphabet its written in, becoming even more widespread. Google is trying to counterbalance that — while at the same time growing its own global reach. In the latest of these moves, it has unveiled a tool that helps translate Arabizi —  Roman-character based Arabic language slang — back into Arabic script, as part of its Input Tools service unveiled in July.

“Although I do not like writing [in Arabizi] and I would always recommend using the Arabic language directly, some users may not have a keyboard in Arabic…so these tools facilitate the process and maintain Arabic language content,” writes Fayeq Oweis, a director in Google’s department of Arabic language and localization, in a blog post announcing the new tool. It ...

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