Sounds boring doesn't it, but it's not.

For the computer user, translation into another language is now as easy as clicking a button. Try it :-

You can select a letter or an article on your computer, follow the instructions about converting from English into French, Italian, Spanish, German or many other languages and suddenly your letter or article is in the foreign language - translated perfectly.

When using voice recognition software you could dictate a letter, select it and say the words "Translate from English into French" and the job is done in seconds.

Why would this be useful to you?

Perhaps you have a holiday house or are thinking of moving abroad, in which case correspondence with local contractors, lawyers etc. could be conducted in the local language. You would be able to translate incoming letters by scanning them into your computer, and conducting the translation into your preferred language, e.g. from French into English.

Are you going on holiday to Italy? Isn't it tedious have to refer to a phrase book or dictionary whenever you need anything? If you have voice recognition software, say the phrases or sentences you think you might want to use. Otherwise, type them in.

"Hello, we are looking for somewhere, not too expensive, to stay tonight."

"Excuse me, do you know a good restaurant near here which specialises in local food?"

"I wonder if you could help us? We are looking for the local scuba-diving centre."

"I'm sorry to bother you, but we are desperately in need of a taxi. Can you help us please?"

"We have just been robbed and need to contact the police as soon as possible. Would you please help?"

and so on! These phrases are likely to be of much more use to you than "where is the pen of my aunt".

Translate from English into Italian and not only are you learning the language but you have an aide memoir for your trip.

In summary, translation software will provide you with all of the tools you require to communicate with the locals in the main European countries, and at the same time help you to learn their language. I think you will be surprised at how inexpensive translation software is.
More information about translation and related products and services can be obtained from Pyxis Computer Services

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