Google Translate has blown my mind.
If you haven't updated the Google Translate app on your phone you need to do so right now. Yes I'm ordering you to do it right now. The new conversation and camera feature are absolutely mind blowing. EDIT: Sorry let me clarify why it blew my mind. First off the conversation allows you to simply set your phone on a table and press the microphone, from there you can talk to a person in any language and it automatically detects and translate it to the language of your choice. Yesterday I had a full blown conversation with mi amiga and she only spoke in spanish while I only spoke in English and it worked flawlessly. Second is the new camera feature, you just point your camera at any written words (signs, letters, books, etc...) and it instantly translates it into the language of your choice. I strongly recommend you add this to your language learning arsenal, it's already been helping me.... but not as much as Duolingo of course. ;-)
Ciao! Tony B
Sorry for the lack of detail, I've updated the post.
Also, please know I never intended this post as "stop learning and just Google", that would be horrible and I would never recommend that to anyone. Having finished my Spanish tree a few months ago I'm now stuck in this weird spot between finishing Duo and being fluent. I'm only recommending people use the Google app along with many other tools to continue their studies and help perfect their pronunciation and vocabulary. I use the app as a quick reference when I simply can't remember, or understand what's in front of me. But obviously my end goal is to be completely fluent in Spanish.... so I can talk to babes. Duh.
I will say that the voice for Google Translate en español has tremendously improved.
I don't know why some people have down-voted your post but you may want to reveal HOW mind blowing the new app is. Google tends to update their apps regularly. What new features rendered your brain blown?
Have been playing with this since reading your recommendation. What I have found fun and useful is trying to say something in Spanish so that it can actual understand me using the detect language feature. At the moment, when I speak Spanish into the microphone I'm having about a 20% success rate of the app actually identifying correctly what I'm saying. Clearly, I have some work to do on my Spanish accent!!! I was telling it "He terminado mi árbol español" (wishful thinking!) and it was recording some quite funny things that made me smile.
I had come across an article some time back. Technology's made some amazing progress, but still a long way to perfection though.
Thanks Remoonline! This article explains everything I'm talking about in a much more professional manner.
In it's current avatar, it seems helpful for travellers. But with user feedback, it should become better with time.
Lol, what's up with the ciao xDD
And, yes, it's mindblowing. Google Translator is doing translations better and better. But you can never compare that to a human translator, of (duolingo) course!
Sorry just got back from Costa Rica, and everyone says Ciao instead of Adios. I like it.
I think that they say "Chau", as in Argentina. It's the same as adiós.
Just in case, ciao means "Hi" and sometimes "Bye" in Italian.
A ton of people down there were from Italy. It was ciao, which they said is used as goodbye just as much as hello. I asked a few people to make sure. Now ya know. Ciao!
Interesting. Just got back from Eastern Europe and they say 'Ciou' in Romania, but also Hungary and Czech Republic, which are Finno - Slavic Languages. Also, the word for 'Kiss' in Hungarian is 'Pussy' Really :)
"Ciao" in Hungarian is "Csáó" or "Cső". And yes, "Puszi", pronounced Pussy is the equivalent of "Kisses", like "Bisous" in French.
I've still got the Word Lens app on my phone from before Google bought it. I'm glad they've finally incorporated the translate through your camera capability to their own app. I always thought World Lens would be vastly improved by access to Google's translation software/database.
Just out of curiosity, now that you have finished all of the modules duolingo, do you feel that you are somewhat fluent? Or that you can successfully have a conversation in Spanish without any trouble?
I am far from a finished tree. Duolingo shows a 63.1 % proficiency however I am not satisfied to proceed with translation until I refresh and internalize myself with irregular verb conjugations, especially IR, SER, and ESTAR.
I don't expect to be fluent, but a least somewhat fluid. I hate it when I make a mistake speaking. And of course I read much better than I hear and much much better than I speak. I once said "Disculpame, Que embarazado" in Mexico to a horrified native. :) I can roll my 'R's.
I was once told that the 'Break Threw' comes when you have a dream in Spanish. In 30 years, that has yet to happen.
Does that answer your question, and why do you ask, ObiWan? :)
I stumbled across this again by accident and saw you'd updated your original post - thanks for that. And I agree, that sounds AMAZING. Crazy cool! Thanks for the clarification!!