How That Magical Universal Translator Technology Works on Our Real Travels

How That Magical Universal Translator Technology Works on Our Real Travels | One Hour Translation

Travel keeps getting easier. From falling airfares (yes, they have actually been going down) to the freedom of self-shopping, we live in a golden age of tourism. A lot of that has to do with technology, particularly the Internet.

by Eric Reed

Over the past several years a new tool has begun to edge its way onto the scene: Translation technology, moving steadily from the realm of neat gimmickry to a valuable tool. The question is, behind the grandiose claims of wandering the streets of Venice with your own universal translator, how useful are these programs really? To try to answer that, I spoke with the president of One Hour Translation, Lior Libman, then took to the streets of Arequipa, Peru, with nothing more than an iPhone and hazy memories of fifth-grade Spanish.

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