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: http://goo.gl/i3fGX.