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One of the PM’s I got on Virily yesterday was: what do you think is an offensive comment?” For me, it is any comment that is directed at me, not at what I posted. That was one of the drivers for me reporting comments. Anyone that attacks me, I will remove their comments. The moderators may return them, but I won’t. I also don’t respond to people that post nasty comments about me.

One of the things that I love to play with is scanners. I have written many times about the Epson Perfection Series scanner that we used for the family history project. But there are a couple of other scanners that I use frequently. One of them is a smaller handled scanner from Dacuda. They have built an engine that allows you to scan text and convert on the fly. I love translation software! I wish you could translate things on a computer screen using the Dacucda device, but it doesn’t work on screens due to the nature of projection. It did, however, get me thinking about what it is that I like in terms of portable and easy to carry devices.

I have the pilot earbuds that I use for Voice Translation. They are extremely useful, and are higher fidelity for both translation and listening to your phone. I do also use the handheld Travis Translator. Travis has a unique translation algorithm and so far seems to have a much better translation rate than the earbuds (pilot) or google translate.

I’ve used the Travis Translator device with native Spanish, and native Dutch speakers. In the past, I knew just enough spends to get one or two of the words. With Travis, the Translator, I get all of the words. Travis handled both languages rapidly and correctly (in both cases, I asked the native speaker to verify). Overall the why use translation hardware remains a personal choice. If you travel or work in areas where non-your native language speakers are, it can be a valuable tool.

  • Question of

    Do you speak more than one language (I barely speak one)

    • Yes
    • No
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    Have you ever used Google Translate?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Have you ever been in a place where you needed it, but couldn’t use Google Translate?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. I speak three languages. My mother tongue, Kiswahili (the national language) and English. The first is automatic, the second I learn before being enrolled to preschool and English is taught from nursery school.
    I don’t use Google Translate often. As a teacher, I am always in need of a translator since at times I have to translate an English word to Kiswahili so that my students can understand.

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  2. Hello, my native language is Afrikaans a Dutch/Flemish/German/French/Burmese/Swedish/Muslim/Ceylonese hybrid. It is also the youngest language in the world. As you know, I speak English. I also speak some German, some Flemish and a bit of Dutch. I will give Travis a try.

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