Skype Translator helps to break down language barriers by allowing you to place Skype calls with people who speak a different language. As you speak, Skype will translate your conversation, in real-time, to the persons native language.
- [Instructor] If you ever have a situation in which you need to communicate with someone who speaks a different language, Skype can help. In my opinion, Skype Translator is one of the most amazing features that Skype offers. It allows you to communicate through a Skype call with someone speaking another language. When one person speaks, there voice will automatically be translated into the other person's native language. For this voice translation feature, Skype currently supports Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish as far as the speaking goes, but they support many other languages with regards to converting just text messages or messages that you type in.
Let's take a look at how this works. First, you need to select the contact that you want to communicate with. In this case, I added my friend Roberto over here. I'll click on his contact. Now in the upper right hand corner, you'll notice this kind of grayed out globe. If I click on that, I have the ability to turn on Skype Translator. I'm going to go ahead and do that. Right now it says that I'm speaking English, and Roberto is speaking English, but in this case, I'm going to change Roberto's to Italian.
Now Skype Translator is on. It has me speaking English, and Roberto speaking Italian. I'm going to go ahead and make this call. (beeping) Hello, Roberto. - [Computer] Ciao Roberto. - Ciao, Oliver. - [Computer] Hello Oliver. - [Instructor] How are you doing today? - [Computer] Come stai oggi? - Molto bene grazie. - [Computer] Very well thank you. - [Instructor] What did you do this weekend? - [Computer] Cosa hai fatto questo fine settimana? - Sono andato per una corsa in bicicletta e poi ho portato la famiglia alla spiaggia e tu? - [Computer] I went for a bike ride and then I brought the family to the beach, and you? - [Instructor] I didn't do very much.
- [Computer] Non ho fatto motto. - [Instructor] Thank you, have a great day, Roberto. - [Computer] Grazie, grazie hai un bel giorno, Roberto. - E stato bello vederti, grazie, grazie. - [Computer] It was nice to see you, bye, thank you. - [Instructor] As you can see, this is an amazing feature provided by Skype that can help break down language barriers and allow you to communicate and collaborate with people who speak a different language.
One thing to pay attention to is that you do need to speak slowly and speak very straight forward. Skype won't be able to translate certain things like slang terms or filler terms if you're saying things like like or um, and others like that. This feature is somewhat limited, but I think is very powerful and can help break down those language barriers.
- Creating a Skype account
- Adding contacts
- Making video and audio-only calls
- Sharing your screen
- Messaging with Skype
- Making calls to mobile phones and landlines
- Using Skype Translator