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Reader riposte: Digital interpreters

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This post is part of the Asian languages in Australia debate thread. To read other posts in this debate, click here.

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4 November 2011 12:00


This post is part of the Asian languages in Australia debate thread. To read other posts in this debate, click here.

Cameron Crouch writes:

A quick thought in relation to The Interpreter's ongoing debate about Australia's Asia literacy: do advances in machine translation reduce the need for Australians to learn Asian languages? The notion that Google Translate can already speak '57 languages as well as a 10-year-old' is surely going to affect the cost-benefit calculations of your average student — particularly given the significant and ongoing investment required to learn a second language.

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