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Machine translation for Russian


Machine translation for the Russian language is supported by 35 machine translation APIs.

Code
ru
Names
Russian
Language family
Slavic < Indo-European
Scripts
Cyrillic
Locale variants
ru-ru ru-md ru-kz ru-ua

Russian was one of the first languages for which machine translation was researched and developed, and remains one of the best supported languages.

Among the best supported languages, it is notable for a few features:

  • complex morphology - highly inflected, with gender agreement
  • monocentric - little dialect variation

Russian has the best machine translation support among Slavic languages and among languages written in the Cyrillic alphabet.

English-Russian and Russian-English are the highest traffic language pairs for Yandex Translate.

Russian-Chinese and Chinese-Russian are also significant translation pairs.

History

In 1935, Petr Troyanskii filed USSR Patent 40995 on machine translation.

During the Cold War, English and Russian were the most important languages geopolitically, and much machine translation research and development was for defence and intelligence agencies.

In the 2010s, while most providers used bridging or pivoting via English for most language pairs, Yandex Translate launched direct translation between Russian and many languages.

By 2020, Russian was supported by all the major translation application and API providers, including Google Translate, Yandex Translate, Microsoft Translator, Amazon Translate, ModernMT and DeepL.

API support

35 APIs support Russian.


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