Sunday, November 18, 2012

Instant Language: The Answers

Hello everyone! Very many thanks to those readers who participated in the latest Six Minute English Quiz. You got it mostly right. Here are the official answers:

1. How many languages are there in the world? There are about 6,000!

2. The device developed in Japan could save language learners hours and hours of study.

3. The Google voice translator works by sending your speech to Google's server, translating it in real time and then sending the translation back to you as a text file. If you pay extra you get a voice file.

4. What's the difference between the Google translator and the Japanese technology? The Japanese system provides the voice translation in real time. You speak to someone in England on your phone in Japanese and after a short pause, your speech reaches England, translated into English.

5. (The Big Question) How accurate is the translation? Is it exact? The Japanese translator says it is "understandable, but not perfect."

6. Does Jen think these new technologies will put an end to language learning? She says these types of technology are always helpful, but nothing will ever replace learning the language,

7. Jen thinks that learning a foreign language is one of life's great pleasures.

Many thanks to Manuela, Tommaso, Livia and class 4W18WF for your participation. But let's get more people joining in! Another quiz is coming up later next week. In my next message, however, I'll discuss using the Net to work on grammar and vocabulary.

See you soon! Yours,

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