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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RE[4]: What's the problem?
by Trenien on Mon 5th May 2008 15:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What's the problem?"
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You misread me. I didn't say the US and UK's people, I said the US and UK.

This translates into:
- The ruling bodies and the people whose social/professionnal circles are somewhat to them explicitely want that to be achieved.
- Although they claim indifference, the population tend to expect everybody to be able to speak English. This last is especially true with Americans, but I've seen it often enough with Brits as well to know it's something pretty widely spread in the UK as well.

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