Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd May 2008 20:52 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News One of the biggest problems facing the European Union today is the fact that within its borders, 23 languages are spoken. This means that all the important documents have to be translated by a whole army of translators, which costs the taxpayer more than 1 billion Euros a year - and companies trading within the EU spend millions more. The EU-funded TC-STAR project aims to tackle this issue with technology: a system that eats speech in one language, and outputs that same speech in another.
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What's wrong is that apart from the native speakers, only a small minority can speak it with any kind of significant fluency.

Hence, declaring it the Official Language is excluding most people from understanding official dealings even more than they now are.

And I write this as someone who teaches English as a second language for a living.

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