Today, every fourth inhabitant of the planet speaks English, but in the future it will not be necessary to learn it. Mass distribution of mobile gadgets-translators will allow people to communicate in their own language with the interlocutor from anywhere in the world. However, there is one dialect that cannot be easily mastered.
Worldwide, about 1.5 billion people speak English at a basic level. At the same time, 1.3 billion people in the world speak in the North Chinese dialect of Chinese. However, none of these sign systems will become universal “lingua franca” in the coming years.
Mobile devices for translation will soon appear on the market – portable voice recorders, headphones and software for smartphones that allow interlocutors from different countries to easily understand each other. Learning foreign languages will no longer be necessary, says linguist Gaston Dorren.
According to experts, the population of the Earth speaks 6000 languages, but none of them can compete with English. However, in the near future, engineers will develop a semblance of the Babylonian fish from the series of novels “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.
“Learning foreign languages will still matter for a number of cultural and psychological reasons, but most will not do it,” the linguist said in an interview with news.com.au.
English is also transformed. The similarity of Globish, a simplified version of the language for international communication, will gain increasing popularity. North Chinese – also known as Mandarin – will also spread as China is gaining increasing influence in politics and the economy.
In general, knowledge of English, Mandarin, Hindi/Urdu and Spanish will be enough to move freely around the world without a translator, the expert said.
But the need for this will continue until they create a universal device-translator. Dorren admits that it will take a long time to develop it, but sooner or later the engineering and linguistic problem will be solved.
At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, dozens of companies presented universal devices for simultaneous translation. Waverly Labs and Timekettle showed headphone translators, and the Dutch Travis released an AI-based handheld device.
Simultaneous translation system also created by Google. Google Assistant has learned to recognize 27 languages and translate real-time speech with a slight delay.