Learning a foreign language has always been one of the best hobbies that an individual could have. While some of us have a knack for learning new languages, the others just have to make do by working hard at it.
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As always, technology is coming to the rescue and the day is not far off when a real time ‘universal translator’ in true Star Trek style will be something that we all shall be equipped with courtesy of our smart phones. Even now, companies such as Google are breaking new ground on getting real time translations.
Have a look at the following video which allows you to hold a conversation with someone who speaks another language and with whom you do not share a common language.
It still has a long way to go, but the very fact that this can be done is nothing short of amazing.
While still on the topic, let me introduce you to these smart glasses, which is another way of solving this problem of communication –
However , as mentioned earlier these technologies are very much in the nascent stage. Most likely, these will take a few decades to be perfected. However for business or even travel, nothing can replace the thrill and ease of knowing the language yourself. After all, human beings communicate not just verbally but also through body language , something that is lost when technology is used as seen above. Learning a language such as English would empower an individual to work across the globe. Places like The English Studio, which help you prepare for the IELTS exam are an invaluable resource for students , migrants and even professionals.