Yes, I can SEE what you are saying.

Yes, I can SEE what you are saying.

#Google AR glasses that can live translate audio to text.

Augmented reality can break down communication barriers – and help us better understand each other by making language visible. Watch what happens when we bring technologies like transcription and translation to your line of sight. #GoogleIO ↓

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  • the real world
  • gives us new ways to accomplish this
  • understanding someone who speaks a different language
  • trying to follow a conversation
  • if you’re deaf or hard of hearing can be a real challenge
  • advancements in translation and transcription
  • in one of the early prototypes we’ve been testing
  • which is a strange thing
  • a new prototype we’ve been working on
  • you should be seeing what I’m saying just transcribed for you in real-time
  • kind of like subtitles for the world
  • break down language barriers
  • I’m actually looking straight into your eyes
  • you’re looking right at me
  • we’re more connected with the people and the things around us
  • giving people the gift of communicating with anyone no matter what language they speak
  • I think it is a really powerful thing
  • speaking naturally to someone
  • to understand and be understood
  • and it’s what we strive for every day
How many languages are spoken in your country ?

How many languages are spoken in your country ?

 [World Economic Forum]

 

“Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

by Anne Merrit   at The Telegraph, 2013

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language.   Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits. However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap the same mental benefits, too.

You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

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