Google Translate Usage Jumps by 2x During the World Cup

According to a new report from The New York Times, the usage of Google Translate has doubled during the World Cup this year.

Fans were seen making huge efforts to communicate with Russian locals during the World Cup this year in their own language using Google Translate. The reports note that the phrases like “world cup” increased by 200 percent in queries, “stadium” increased by 135 percent, and “beer” increased by 65 percent.

Most translations have been to and from Spanish, with these numbers doubling over the past few weeks. Translations between Arabic and Russian have increased by 40 percent.

Google Translate, which is currently available in 103 languages, has made communication for travellers a lot easier. Earlier this month, the company released an update that lets users get translations even without an internet connection.