Monday, April 8, 2013

The Beginning of the End?


The new Samsun Galaxy S4, which will be out by the end of this month, includes the S-Translator application, which captures words spoken in one language and reproduces them in another. It is also possible to use this app when sending an sms or an email. S-Translator works with ten languages, including French, Latin American Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and American English.

Is this the beginning of the end for human translators? Are language specialists being threatened? Do you think, on the contrary, that any language has much more complicated aspects only a human translator can accurately reproduce in another language (e.g. humor, irony, anger)?

Judge by yourselves:  in the video below, recorded at the Galaxy S4 launch ceremony, a monolingual English backpacker in Shanghai is able to communicate with a Mandarin speaker in order to get directions. The backpacker’s English words are translated into Mandarin and vice versa:

No copyright infringement intended. For educational, non-commercial purposes.


  1. Problem of these devices are its measures.
    I tested a Galaxy note and finally didn´t buy it
    due an insurmountable obstacle.
    My pants or shirt pockets were not big enough.

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