Translation made easy

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Meg Rivera

WORKING in an ESL school has definitely given me some perspective on what it’s like to navigate your environment in a language you barely speak.

Having grown up in Cebu, I don’t always appreciate how easy it is for us to communicate in English. However, it certainly inspires creativity among my students when they want to be understood. I once had a student who needed toilet paper from his sleeping roommate who was from another country. You can imagine what he had to mime to be able to communicate what he wanted!

But awkward miming aside, this week we look into three apps that make translation easier. There certainly isn’t a limit on where and how you can use these, which is the best part about using them. Do away with the weird charades, and look a bit sleeker at trying to demystify any weird language barriers you might run in to.

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