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    Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

    The first phase will begin with two spoken languages; Spanish and English.
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    Re: Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

    If it's as bad as all the online text based translators I can't see it being used very much.

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    Re: Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

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    If it's as bad as all the online text based translators I can't see it being used very much.
    Define 'bad'. A translation is often useful enough if it conveys the general meaning of what was said. I don't think anybody is expecting this technology to put an end to the careers of professional, human linguists

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    Re: Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

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    Define 'bad'. A translation is often useful enough if it conveys the general meaning of what was said. I don't think anybody is expecting this technology to put an end to the careers of professional, human linguists
    Hmm its difficult to define, maybe inaccurate. A lot of times I've typed out stuff using Google or sdl and people have just scratched their heads wondering what I'm trying to say. Basic phrases need to be worked on, along with sentence structure and using different words in different contexts.

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    Re: Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

    As a Spanish speaker, when I watch or read translations, they don't translate into what meant in English, but rather the literal meaning. Google translate does this often - it translates word by word rather than the whole thing.

    Hard to explain really.
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    Re: Skype Translator Preview translates in near real-time

    yes quite its more a literal word by word rather than the meaning of a phrase as a whole, which can potentially lead to some interesting miscommunication!

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