Reply to post: Re: Well Done, Google, From The Large Unilingual Traveller Road Warriors Gang

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: Well Done, Google, From The Large Unilingual Traveller Road Warriors Gang

"In VietNam almost every cab / taxi has a dash-mounted Android device that translates between English and Tieng Viet. Without the Google translation facility life would be much harder."

This is an excellent idea and as a use for a native speaker trying to understand / speak foreign languages like you've described, full kudos for whoever first thought of it.

However I get the impression that the standard use scenario envisaged will involve a foreign language speaker using the phone to translate the native language to what ever language they speak, for example an English speaker going to Japan and using the phone to translate Japanese into English. Isn't this going to fall foul of the problem associated with all internet based technologies, it'll cost a fortune in roaming data costs?

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