How do you say the end is nigh in Chinese?
Is this the end for interpreters? The launch of the Chinese version of Skype Translator has triggered a debate online over the pros and cons, and what the future may hold for these professionals.
The software, now available on desktop and tablets using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, can provide real-time, vocal translation between Mandarin and English.
Skype, acquired by Microsoft in 2011, said in a news release on April 10 that the software was “an exciting milestone” and “the result of decade-long research” by its technicians in China and the US.
“The Chinese language has 10,000 frequently-used characters with different pronunciations and intonations, which posed a great challenge to the development of this program,” the news release said.