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Levi
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 Message 1369 of 3740
28 December 2010 at 5:18am | IP Logged 
...when the coolest thing about your new iPod Touch is that it understands voice commands in all your target languages!
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Qbe
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 Message 1371 of 3740
28 December 2010 at 3:51pm | IP Logged 
paranday wrote:
Levi wrote:
...when the coolest thing about your new iPod Touch is that it understands voice commands in all your target languages!


When you see this as yet another reason to add more target languages...


... or as a good reason to buy an iPod Touch.

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 Message 1372 of 3740
28 December 2010 at 7:51pm | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when the coolest thing about your new iPod Touch is that it understands voice commands in all your target languages!


That reminds me of how happy I was to find out that installing the Google Korean IME for Android would allow my phone to accept Korean voice input as well. I don't think that carries over to voice commands, though, sadly.
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meramarina
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 Message 1373 of 3740
28 December 2010 at 8:16pm | IP Logged 
When you try to reason with Google.

I just switched from a Mac mini (a creaky old awful thing) to a fresh new Toshiba laptop and I don't yet have everything set up the way I want it to be.

I read newspapers in target languages as often as I can, and when I was reading a German page I got a message from the Google Toolbar informing me that "This page is is German. Do you want to translate it?"

That made me mad, because I assumed that Google knew everything about everybody and SHOULD HAVE KNOWN why I was there. "No, toolbar, stupid Google toolbar, I'm here to learn and I don't want your help, thanks. I use my mind to translate, toolbar, but actually, toolbar, I try to work directly in the target language when I can without translating, so go away, toolbar. I hate you!"

"That'll show you" I thought, but then the toolbar wanted to know why, if I was so smart, was I yelling at it in English?

I conceded that maybe Google really does know everything, and changed my settings.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1374 of 3740
29 December 2010 at 2:33am | IP Logged 
...when you're reviewing vocabulary while ice skating.
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psy88
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 Message 1375 of 3740
29 December 2010 at 4:04am | IP Logged 
when you go to Barnes and Nobles after Christmas to buy "word a day" calenders in three different languages (your two current target languages and a third because, hey they were all half price so, why not? and if you had more money with you, it would have 4 different languages!). And the sales person asks if you are buying them as gifts for friends. When you smile, somewhat sheepishly, to explain they are all for you, she gives you a strange look but does not say anything further.
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translator2
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 Message 1376 of 3740
29 December 2010 at 3:45pm | IP Logged 
You set your car's GPS to speak German, French, etc.


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