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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Site translates the foreign press into 11 different languages
With the amount of content now being created globally, there’s even more of a demand for translations of foreign language media. While innovations such as Easy Way Subtitles have provided live computer-generated translations of any Brazilian TV show, ReShares is tapping human volunteers to create translations of the day’s most popular news articles into multiple languages. READ MORE…
Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation
Online education is booming thanks to platforms such as Khan Academy, YouTube tutorials and even educational video games such as Koe, which recently crowdfunded on Kickstarter. However, language-learning especially is a skill that’s best acquired by speaking one-on-one with natives on a regular basis. Aiming to facilitate this, a new service in Brazil called Speaking Exchange is enabling students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes, who benefit from regular conversation. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced app translates any text, voice or image into 75 languages
For those needing help with conversations abroad, we’ve already seen the SIGMO device, which can translate speech in real time into 25 different languages. Now the new Translate.com app helps users make sense of almost any piece of language — written or spoken — using crowdsourcing translation. READ MORE…
App translates cinema audio into any language
We’ve already seen how second-screen devices can be utilized to display real-time text translations for any TV program through the Easy Way Subtitles app, but when it comes to the cinema it’s much harder to cater for individual viewers. However, a new app called MyLINGO now lets cinemagoers listen to foreign language audio dubs of new movie releases privately through their smartphone. READ MORE…
From Israel, add-on turns any web page into a language lesson
Although English is the unofficial language of the web, around 45 percent of all websites are written in other languages, providing a rich resource of ‘real-world’ texts for students learning a foreign language. A new Google Chrome add-on called Lingua.ly is harnessing this by turning any website into an opportunity for those students to boost their skills. READ MORE…
Real time translator could be the end of awkward foreign language interactions
Regular readers of Springwise may remember the ELSA – a device designed for emergency services to enable real-time translation calls with a remote interpreter in cases where they had to deal with foreign citizens. Now SIGMO is small speaker that automatically translates up to 25 languages in real time. READ MORE…
Guide helps business owners to communicate with tourists
Taking a trip to a country that speaks a foreign tongue can be tricky for tourists – but also for business owners dealing with customers who don’t understand the language. The Paris Regional Tourism Council has now launched a new program called Do You Speak Touriste, which aims to tackle this problem by offering advice on how to communicate with visitors of different world countries. READ MORE…
Hand-held device provides instant translation for emergency services
The Japanese Hanashite Hon’yaku app already helps international colleagues and friends to have phone conversations translated in real time. But for emergency workers that come into contact with citizens that don’t speak the language, communication can still remain difficult. With this in mind, the ELSA is a portable device that instantly connects responders with a live translator at the push of a button. READ MORE…
Site translates news into three levels of English proficiency
We’ve already seen Duolingo provide a way for language students to learn by translating content for the web, but our latest spotting recognizes that it’s often too much of a challenge to throw people in at the deep end.News In Levels provides current affairs stories in English at three levels of difficulty to help people learn. READ MORE…
App translates languages during real-time phonecalls
Web users can already easily take advantage of translation services that convert text from one language to another, and we’ve also seen TransFire bring that capability to web-based instant messaging on smartphones. Providing a similar service for speech conversations, Japan-based NTT DOCOMO is launching its Hanashite Hon’yaku app, which offers real-time translation of phonecalls. READ MORE…
App aims to document endangered language 
There are already numerous apps helping smartphone users to learn a new language. While many focus on the most widely-used tongues in the world, the Ma! Iwaidja app hopes to help people to learn Iwaidja as well as document its use in order to keep the at-risk language thriving. READ MORE…
Consumers learn a new language while helping to translate the web
We’ve seen online translation services and we’ve seen language-learning programs over the years, but not until Duolingo had we seen a venture that marries the two. Sure enough, Pennsylvania-based Duolingo is a site that lets consumers learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web. READ MORE…
App makes replying to text messages easier for illiterate users
We’ve seen a couple of ideas that aim to help illiterate people navigate text content on the web, from Question Box to Wordia. Now, EasySMS app is offering a more visual and aural way for those who can’t read or write to understand and reply to text messages. READ MORE…
Language learning QR codes teach vocabulary and pronunciation

Learning a new language is never easy, but there’s no shortage of fresh approaches aiming to help. In recent years we’ve seen a Twitter-based tool for building vocabulary, for instance, as well as a video app for learning French. Next up? Lingibli, a smartphone app that uses QR codes to help users learn basic words and pronunciation. READ MORE…