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Using Mobile Tech to Help Language Learning for Newly Arrived Migrants in Sweden

Using Mobile Tech to Help Language Learning for Newly Arrived Migrants in Sweden | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

The study indicates that focused linguistic training with a pronunciation app is useful for developing spoken language skills, which can lead to improved integration. The participants expressed need and interest in having more mobile apps for both language and culture training.

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Results sound obvious, but where is the continent-wide effort to accelerate migrant language learning using language tech in EU?

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Translation Apps from Turkish Mobile Operators to Help Vast Syrian Refugee Population

Turkcell has led the way, with a free mobile app, called Hello Hope, available to any Syrian, regardless of whether they are a customer. The award-winning app helps Arabic speakers learn the 700 most common Turkish words and expressions, provides an instant speech translation service between Turkish and Arabic, and has an FAQ section providing information on registration, access to public services including education and health, and location-based navigation to nearby facilities such as pharmacies, bus stops and ATMs. In February 2018, the app was extended to include Arabic news via a partnership with Daily Sabah Arabic.
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Interesting example of what mobile operators can do to handle language communication problems in massive migration experiences.

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Constant Rise in EMEA Video Consumption on Mobile Devices 

Constant Rise in EMEA Video Consumption on Mobile Devices  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Mobile video plays topped 60% globally in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Ooyala’s latest Global Video Index Report. 
When it comes to engagement on mobile video, the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) had the highest level of engagement at 63.5%. Elsewhere, North America saw a jump of 11% from Q4 2016, though it stills lag most of the rest of world at 57.6%.

LT-Innovate's insight:

Does this boost the need for better/quicker/cheaper subtitling, voice-overing, and related services? Need a good breakdown of video content to understand these trends.

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Baidu Adds Voice Translation to its Input Mobile App

Baidu Adds Voice Translation to its Input Mobile App | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese internet giant Baidu recently added a voice- and text-based translation function supporting 28 languages, not to mention simultaneous translation of Chinese, English, and Japanese to its Input product. In a short amount of time, the mobile app has amassed more than 1.6 billion daily active users. Users evaluated and tested the translation function of the latest Android 7.6 version of this product; it fares well against the competition.

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