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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Google Keeps the heat on! Language translation!

I was reading my Korean English newspaper today when I came across a very neat conversation/interview between Korea's first astronaut (and a woman!) Yi, Seo Yeon and Google vice president, Vinton Cerf, often dubbed the father of the Internet. Here's what he said that piqued my interest,

Cerf said Google wants its translation service to help people overcome language barriers so they can access a greater amount of information online.

“Google is very interested in improving natural language translation. The most important thing in translation is getting syntax and grammar right. A long time ago, someone tried to translate ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ from English into Russian, and it came back ‘invisible idiot.’ That gave us an important lesson,” said Cerf.

I have written here and other places championing google and especially the versatility of their Google Talk. You can chat with another person in two completely different languages! I've tried it with some of my Czech friends and though a little clumsy, it gets the job done.....<>Here's an explanation and also go here to get it directly. Google is experimenting with "chatter bots" , talking computer animations and so I know they are following my logic (or more likely - I, theirs!).

Now, I don't think we should be rushing off for the beach and forgetting to study English! There are still many valid reasons for monolingual communication -- if I may use that term. Still, it foreshadows other developments to come which will help language learners.

Once there is good translation happening, quick computerized translation - the next step is voice! You simply add voice to it and you can talk to anyone! Not their real voice but I can see how the voice could be refined to approach that of the speaker. And there you go -- you are in many ways approaching standard English communication through voice and speech technology. Weekly, more and more companies are coming out with talking translators and one day, someone will hit the "tipping point" and combine the right ingredients into one BANG on product. I won't be surprised if it is google....they are making the world a better place. Here is just one example of a free downloadable Talking Translator (demo).

Has anyone taken a look at the amazing translator on our main page? I see how this is really helpful to language learners and I hope it becomes more common place and versatile...

Good Luck my friend Vinton! If you need any help - give me a ring, I'll be waiting for the call -- I've got ideas! (and that's all but enough....).


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