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Language Immersion


Immersion in a foreign language is one of the fastest paths to fluency.

Of course, most of us can’t just zip off to Paris for a year to learn French. What we do have, though, is automatic translation technology.

That got a few of the smart folks in Google’s Creative Lab and Use All Five thinking: could you simulate the immersion just a bit on the websites you visit every day?

To find out, Google collaborated with us at Use All Five to work up a Chrome extension that uses the Google Translate API to translate intermittent phrases on a web page. Et voila! You can now browse the web in Frenglish, Spanglish or even Tagaloglish. But don’t cancel your Mandarin classes yet: this is just a little experiment that may delight (or infuriate) the neurolinguists in the house. If you want to play with it, you can install it here:

Glücklich learning!

Chrome extension translating The New York Times
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GUI of Language Immersion clicked in Chrome