Travelling in a foreign country and your language skills aren't quite there yet and you just can't understand that sign or even person? Then you'll probably dig out your phone and try the Google Translate app. It's not perfect, but it's hard to deny that it's useful in getting the general idea of what's being said. But - oh no! Disaster strikes when you have no data. The app can still translate but its results are even worse when it can't connect to Google's servers. Until now, or so Google says. Rolling out to the iOS and Android apps are translate improvements that bring AI translation to your phone even without a data connection. "Today, we’re bringing NMT technology offline—on device. This means that the technology will run in the Google Translate apps directly on your Android or i
There are two interesting language related products on Kickstarter currently. The first one I'm going to talk about has 11 days to go, wants to raise $2000 and currently has $1 pledged. This is for an app called TransVerb. Just with the name we start to see why it's raised so little money. TransVerb is not an app that's about verbs. TransVerb translates slang between Spanish and English. Apart from calling this "Ground Breaking Technology" (which it clearly isn't), the listing is very light on details and there are no rewards. Almost thrown into the mix is another game based app that helps you conjugate verbs. There's no real details, but this sounds like a far better idea to me. If I'm honest the post then reads a bit too much like "please pay to send me to this technology conference t...
ExpoLingua Berlin offers you the chance to "Discover Global Language Learning and Culture" on November 16th and 17th. ExpoLingua advertises that they have 150 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Among them are language schools and travel operators. They have a seminar programme, cultural events, activities and performances and... prizes. Who can resist prizes? Find out more here.
Since I started playing with the Drops App, I've being enjoying it. Strangely what I'm find a problem is that it keeps giving me free time and keeps giving me more and more of it. I suspect that that's not a problem for most people, but because I was planning on doing 5 minutes a day of each language, that means I'm doing more than I wanted to. Sometimes it's just giving me 30 seconds more, but a couple of days ago it gave me 5 minutes extra. That's not a Drop, that's an entire splash! So I've decided to take a couple of days off to balance that out!
Last time we had a couple of interesting forum threads from Duolingo to show you. This time the Duolingo forums feel a little bit dry in terms of interest. The Fluentin3 months blog seems more intent on showing us advertising banners than providing content (although this post on Introverts and language learning did catch my eye). In short, all the usual sources of interest are lacking. So it's time to do some digging around and see what Blogs we can come up with: The first post of interest is this post about learning Japanese. Clearly this is picked with a whole lot of bias as I'm learning Japanese and it gives a rather nice little list of resources. Credit goes to this post for my discovery of the Drop app, which may or may not get its own review on this site after I've used it for...
Yesterday I got curious about how long I was spending on the web in foreign languages. I use Chrome as a browser, people can write extensions. There should be an extension that automatically tracks that, I thought. But there wasn't. If I think about it, it's a little bit similar to the Language Lifestyle kickstarter thing I recently wrote about (that's failing to get funding at the moment, for obvious reasons). The difference being that you don't have to do anything but actually read and check your stats later. So, to keep this post short - I've started writing that to see if it's possible. I have a basic prototype at the moment that is working quite well.
LangFest takes place on August 21-26 in Montreal. LangFest describes itself as a magnet for "polyglots". So if you're made from some kind of metal then you presumably can't resist. In their own words: LangFest attendees learn from and gain access to world-class language gurus, entrepreneurs, educators and industry professionals. You will be introduced to cutting edge tools, techniques and technologies to inform and inspire how you learn and use languages or teach them to others. Find out more here.
The Language Show is being held on 9th-11th October in London. It targets itself towards a wide audience of people learning, teaching, using languages professionally or who simply love languages. There are exhibitors, seminars, language taster classes and cultural performances. The best part? It's free!