One man builds 48 of SwiftKey's over 150 language models supported by the Android keyboard app

One man builds 48 of SwiftKey's over 150 language models supported by the Android keyboard app
Perhaps many won't be surprised to learn that SwiftKey now features support for more than 150 languages, but you know what's really impressive? Apparently, one man is responsible for building 48 of SwiftKey's over 150 language models.

His name is Julien Baley, a SwiftKey engineer who speaks fluently English, French and Mandarin. He also has varying degrees of knowledge of other languages like German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Breton, Armenian, Greek, Hungarian, Taiwanese, Classical Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Swahili, Scottish Gaelic, Yiddish, and Yakut.

The first language he built for SwiftKey took about four months, but today, Julien managed to smoother the process to two weeks … for ten language models!

In order to create a new language model for SwiftKey, you need at least 5,000 words. However, the language model becomes better and more accurate once it gains users, which also translates in larger vocabulary.

According to Julien, his most treasured language model built for SwiftKey is Kurdish. If you wonder why, here is his explanation:


source: SwiftKey

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7 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

simply copy-pasting word list from a new language to it's dictionary? no? :-/ oh right, he also need to make new keyboard layout for some of those language, and add complex combination rule for chinese, korea, and japanese :-/

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It comes down to Microsoft bought Swiftkey, and controls it now. Besides there are other keyboards that have different features.

2. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Wow now that's an impressive feat

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Is he going to build the first version of Star Trek's universal translator?

4. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow that's incredible. Some people are just gifted. Nice work and it's touching why he holds Kurdistan so dear to him. Amongst all the horrible things happening in the world, people like him give you hope.

6. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Now, if only Swiftkey could actually guess correctly it would be quite good.

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Anyone knows if new Swiftkey support top number line on iPads? -->123456789

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