• Google Translate Proves its Mettle at Russia's World Cup



    France won the title, but an unexpected MVP has been revealed at this year's World Cup. From The New York Times:

    The defining image of this World Cup is fans from all over the planet, hosts and visitors alike, holding their cellphones out to each other to conduct conversations in languages they have never learned and would never claim to speak. This has been the Google Translate World Cup.
    I can certainly appreciate how invaluable the app would be to anyone visiting Russia; I spent a week or so in Moscow in 2010, and only because I had friends living there who could shepherd me around. But even in the big city basic English was never guaranteed, and trying to decipher Cyrillic on Moscow's metro system? Забудь об этом!

    Back then Google Translate wasn't even a viable option, but it's been steadily improving in the years since. According to the Times, the app currently boasts half a billion daily users and upwards of 150 billion daily translations. The many nuances of language might still lie beyond Translate's reach, but for basic interactions it seems to do the trick. Поздравляю!

    Source: New York Times

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