Universal Language Translators

What's the point of learning any major language if highly accurate translators are here?

It seems like the only worthwhile languages might be those with too small of a text corpus to adequately train the machine learning algorithms that make up these translators. Any ones like this you can think of? Hausa seems like an obvious candidate


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  1. 5 months ago

    Thats not real time, even if its pretty cool

    In any case dude, i dunno, enjoy being a loser I guess?

    Most native speakers dont even speak "well" when judged in terms of public speaking or in terms of writing. So if you really just wanna sound like a stupid idiot all the time, be my guest, I guess

  2. 5 months ago

    Lots of situational languages (like Vietnamese, Japanese) with word changes depending on speaker/listener. Slang will continue to evolve. Dialects. People with Speech impediments will be even more useless. Won’t be able to eavesdrop on a conversation while half listening to your wife talking to you.

    Fluency and integration with a culture go hand in hand.

  3. 5 months ago

    >What's the point of learning any major language if highly accurate translators are here?

    Unless you're completely fricking autistic, speaking in someone's native tongue, if you're good at it, is a great icebreaker. Not just with chicks, but in an international workplace.

    Not everyone is a sensitive 2nd gen immigrant that screams racism because they got slanted eyes and you asked whether they were fricking chinese

  4. 5 months ago

    >tried two videos
    >both failed

  5. 5 months ago

    Well you autistic frick conversations happen on a two way street. If someone's speaks to you in their native tongue and doesn't have one of these, how do you expect to respond?

  6. 5 months ago

    They've had those things since at least 2015. The only thing different now is that they've become more accurate and gotten smaller.

  7. 5 months ago

    I bought some timekettles from China. They are kind of annoying. Haven't even tested them yet except in my room and they didn't work that good.

  8. 5 months ago

    I used to give a frick about learning a few phrases in whatever country, but it doesn't matter to anyone. Trying to spit out a few words to order food or a beer. Forget it! I'm sick of pretending to give a shit about the local culture, like it matters. I go with English first and then to sign language, if that doesn't work I move on. A translator might help but I don't want people talking to me anyway.

    • 5 months ago

      Might as well have a nice day, you useless frick.

  9. 5 months ago

    Well, unless every single person buys and wears this at all times, its still necessary to learn the language.
    Also, you'll look moronic

  10. 5 months ago

    because having an actual conversation where you understand what the other person is saying using your brain is much better than the two of you speaking into some USB stick that tries to tell you what they're saying

    this is only useful for basic functional communication (i.e. I need a taxi to the airport, does this have any sesame? I'm allergic, etc etc)
    not at all useful for intrapersonal communication on any deeper level i.e. making friends, conversing with colleagues, working, etc

    ...you weren't just learning a language to order coffee and ask for directions to the station, were you anon?
    I hope not

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  12. 5 months ago

    I feel these devices will be good with European languages but google translate already is fricking garbage with Asian languages. I doubt this service will be useful in Asia

  13. 5 months ago

    Learning a language isnt only for speaking, listening, reading and writing by the way. Its a challenge, a mountain to climb. And on the path to the summit, you gain knowledge, experiences, changes the way you think, improves mental and cognitive function, and you can relate more to people around the world when you travel. What is the point of travelling if you arent even willing to learn a few phrases to speak to people in their language in?

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