Skype's real-time spoken translation can now handle Japanese

Microsoft's ambitious real-time translation engine for Skype has added another language to its roster: Japanese. With the addition of Japanese, Skype can now handle real-time translations of 10 spoken languages in voice and video calls. That's in addition to the 60 languages that are supported in text conversations.

Skype's real-time spoken translation can now handle Japanese

From Microsoft:

Japanese has commonly been noted as one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn, due to its entirely different grammatical structure and vocabulary belonging to the Japonic linguistic family. Japan has also become a beloved destination for both tourism and business, and we're excited for the potential benefit Skype Translator will bring to Japan, the community and our users.

The last language to be added to Skype's real-time spoken language translation engine was Russian in October. The full list of supported languages now includes English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Japanese. If you want to try it out for yourself, you can get started by clicking the globe icon in Skype Windows Desktop or the Skype Translator button in Skype Preview for Windows 10.

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