Google VOX – Translator Voice Box Announced

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Google VOX – Translator Voice Box Announced)

Reuters –

Google Inc. of Palo Alto, CA has unveiled plans for a new invention at South By Southwest Music and Arts Festival. Called “Google VOX”, the device will be able to translate languages in real time, eliminating the need for interpreters completely.

Sarah Newtown, a Swedish interpreter for the United Nations was skeptical about the device, “You cannot replace a human being with an automated system, there are too many contextual references that a computer will not be able to decode or interpret.  I don’t think anyone in the interpretation community views this as a serious threat.”

Google Scientists are also determining the possibility of matching the sounds of animals to feelings, allowing your dogs and cats to talk to you through a limited vocabulary.  In theory, the device would yell “HUNGRY” if the dog’s pitch matched that of the sound it makes when it is hungry, and it would also yell “Outside!”  if the dog wanted to use the bathroom.

Google has not given a projected release date.

 

Edit: April Fools.

Weekly Facebook Contest: Win $20 of Language Credit

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Weekly Facebook Contest: Win $20 of Language Credit)

Hi italki,

Sam here again!

This week we are back again with another mini contest on Facebook, where you could win $20 of learning credit.

The contest is pinned to the top of the italki facebook page.  We will be having weekly facebook contests for learning credit on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/italkilanguages

Simply visit the facebook page, and share the video by clicking the share button, then message us and let us know you did it!

Good Luck!

Music for Learning French and Spanish

March 24th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in media | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Music for Learning French and Spanish)

Hi Guys!

This week we have a special treat for all of our language students learning French or Spanish.

Here are two playlists of songs to help you practice listening and singing:

 

We hope you have fun listening to these.  Let us know if there is a suggestion you have for a good playlist idea.

One of our Community Tutors Stops by the Office

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on One of our Community Tutors Stops by the Office)

Hi guys,

Sam here.

A few weeks back one of our community tutors stopped by the office to meet the italki team.

Here is a picture of her with me:

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Her name is Irina Xiang She offers speaking practice in Chinese and she’s very friendly.

Visit her profile by clicking her name and book a lesson with her today!

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italki wants to hear your stories about italki!

 

Dear italki members,

Have you learned a language on italki?  Have you met cool people, been to cool places, or found love on italki?

We want to hear from you what italki has enabled you to do.

The best stories will be made into illustrations/stories for users to learn language with.

 

Simply reply to this post with your story!

We’re very excited to hear what you have to say.

 

Sincerely,

Sam Bleakly

italki Community Manager