Google said it now has neural translation support for Zulu and Xhosa.
The development will allow translations to be closer to spoken language, it said.
Blaise Aguera y Arcas, who heads up a machine intelligence division at Google, said previous translations were based on programming an understanding of the grammar of a language into the translator.
With neural translation, the service learns the language from hundreds of thousands of examples and builds a “concept space” – an intermediary language the software uses to translate phrases from one language to another.
Neural translation for Zulu, Xhosa, and Swahili is available on Google Translate.