I am very excited to talk you about this new tool that I had fun testing it with my foreign contacts and it's just stunning! Finished the language barrier and place to rich and developed discussions! Besides, it is a great way to enrich your vocabulary and to understand the construction of the foreign sentences.
If you have always dreamed to exchange with your Chinese/Russe/Greek (and many more) contact, and asking her/him questions about her/his culture: Now it's easy! Everyone writes in their native language and all is immediately translated in real time ... It can translate calls in 13 languages and instant messages into 48 languages !!!
Instead of preventing or lulling "our enthusiasm to learn a new language", it boosts it and gives it an even more powerful motivation! Because from the first contact, you can directly discuss, as in your native language, and get into the heart of the exchange: How do you say that typical expression? do you know this cultural idiom from my country? etc ... More we discuss and more our thirst for culture on the other becomes exponential :)
I'm deeply convinced that a world that communicates better in his diverse cultures becomes a more peaceful world ...
That seems very handy... for business or if I would buy some articles from a Chinese or Japanese shop and had some need to communicate with the seller.
But I use Skype to learn and practice languages. So no need to translate I do it by myself.
I also think that Skype translator works only on a desktop and not on a smartphone and it uses BING (they all are from the Microsoft company). Bing is terrible! Google translate is far more better.
Sorry Arnaud, you seemed so enthusiastic. I didn’t want to belittle what you wrote, you surely have many occasions to use this application to your convenience.