Skype are previewing a new feature, Skype Translator. They’re trumpeting its impressive ability (so their marketing says!) to perform real time translation of French, Spanish, English and other major languages. But what it also supports is translation of chat conversations in lots of other languages, including Welsh.
Here’s my Welsh (including spelling mistakes)
Here’s what my non-Welsh speaking colleague saw
It also translates replies in English into Welsh. These came through with a much more online translatory feel than my “type how I speak Welsh” approach.
If you have the latest version of Skype installed you can enable the feature on a conversation by conversation basis using the little globe at the top right of the chat window.
I think I’ll persevere for a while with non-Welsh speaking Skype contacts, if for no other reason than to improve my spelling.