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The Good and Bad Side of Using Skype’s Real-time Translator

Language learning used to be a luxury. However, with advancements of the internet, learning a new language has become more accessible to more people. Throughout the web, there are heaps of language learning apps and websites to choose from. But, what’s most interesting nowadays is the introduction of Skype’s real-time translator.

Before, Skype was just a simple messaging app featuring instant messaging and video calls. But just recently, Skype has revolutionized and is now offering its users a real-time translator. With this new feature of Skype’s came different questions and notions about the future of language learning. Will Skype’s real-time translator take over the job of language educators? Is it the end of language learning? The answer to such questions is still vague since Skype has just started and still improving its newest language feature. For now, here’s a view of what Skype’s real-time translator can offer.

Instantaneous Speech Translation

Skype’s real-time translator offers instant speech translation. Skype aims to destroy language barriers around the globe and improve communication among different nations. It also seeks to help people learn different languages for free without all the hassles of traditional language learning. With Skype’s real-time translator, one can speak to anyone without the worry of language barriers.

Talking to people with another language using Skype’s real-time translator is indeed very convenient. But still, it is not a guarantee that Skype users will instantly learn a foreign language. After all, learning takes a lot of hard work and motivation, and learning a language is not an exception.

Easier Business Transactions

Skype’s real-time translator is also a great communication tool for businesses. Ever since it was created, Skype has been making communication between different nations easier. Before, international companies would unite executives through video conferencing. Though it was convenient, executives of different countries still found it hard to understand each other because of language barriers. But now, with the arrival of Skype’s real-time translator, global companies no longer have to hire translators, since Skype will already do the work for them. What’s more, they will be able learn different languages through constant meetings and conferences.

This new feature of Skype is a great help to businesspeople and entrepreneurs as it makes communication and business deals easier. Nonetheless, there are some instances and events that will require them to meet and talk in person for faster comprehension and immediate feedback.

Language Acceleration

Being an international language, almost everyone around the globe feels the necessity to learn and speak English. However, not everyone gets the opportunity to learn English at school. Luckily, with Skype’s real-time translator, one can easily learn English and obtain more language skills.

In December 2014, Microsoft launched Skype’s real-time translator with only two languages, English and Spanish. This year, Skype added Italian and Mandarin Chinese. Now that Skype supports four languages, more users will enjoy this fast-paced language learning tool. In the future, Skype will add more languages and offer more language skills.

Maria Dublin

Contributor at Kami
Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.
Maria Dublin

Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.