Have you ever thought that it would nice to speak X language? Indeed, it would be. All it takes is to start and little by little to pursue the goal. While you are doing this, there is a tool that can help you to communicate in a different language in the meanwhile. The tool is called “Google Translate”:
This is a free online application that helps to translate separate words and texts from over 100 languages. As a linguist I should admit that the tool is far from being ideal. For instance, it can translate a word out of its context and put back that way. As a result, the translation tends to be inaccurate. However, this should prevent from taking advantage of this tool. For example, it can be used to communicate with a friend in his/her native language; to say “hi” or “thank you” to a colleague in their native language; or conduct linguistic research across multiple languages.
Thus, although imperfect, the given linguistic tool can be used to advantage of those who study a language or want to communicate in different languages more efficiently.
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