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10/04/2015 Technology

Skype, the translator speaks also Chinese and Italian

Skype Translator
Skype Translator

It could revolutionise the distance meetings and conference calls world: Skype has in fact introduced Italian and Mandarin Chinese in its Translator, the system - at the moment in preview mode for just a few users - which translates in real time vocal conversations via chat. The two new languages add to the others already in the system which are English and Spanish

With the introduction of Italian and Mandarin, the platform is truly a step forward even beacuse - as Microsoft reminds in the official blog of the application - Chinese has about 10,000 characters and multiple tonalities and is one of the most difficult languages to master for an English speaker, as is Arab, Japanese and Korean. The functioning of the system is truly futuristic: Skype Translator learns automatically the various ways people speak. Once it listens to the phrase, a so called "neural network" compares it to millions of audio samples previously recorded, transforming it into a sequence of possible words in text form. At this point the system removes and repetition and makes the best choice among the words that have similar sound. 

The result is a translated text, even with the comparison among the various modes of speech in different languages, and is vocally reproduced into the other idiom. So as to avoid arrors, however, Skype will also leave the original text written in the chat. 

 

 


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