Today, Skype has officially rolled out support for the apps eight spoken language - Arabic.For specifics, Microsoft says the app will support Modern Standard Arabic (Arabic is like Yoruba, there are many localized versions, but this one is like the Yoruba they teach in schools).Skype is generally known as a video chat platform, but owners Microsoft want it to be much more to all people - a platform for all things chat, apparently.The app gained the ability to translate your speech into selected other languages in 2013 so people who didn't speak the same language could still communicate.In addition to helping refugees, though, Microsoft also argues that support for Arabic will help second-generation children talk to their extended families and educational institutions bring in knowledge from other cultures.During last month’s demo, the translation to and from Arabic wasn’t always perfect — something the team acknowledged.“You may be ending your journey, but the journey to a sustainable world is just beginning,” Mr.Ban said to the pilot of the aircraft, Captain Bertrand Piccard, via Skype, the global, online video conferencing tool.
One of the main messages Mordechai sought to deliver was that “if you are asked to pay someone for an exit permit [from Gaza or the West Bank] to Israel, don’t pay.” Tough economic times and many Palestinians’ growing needs to seek a livelihood in Israel have spawned a flourishing industry of fake documentation and extortion by middlemen who charge poverty-stricken Palestinians high fees for obtaining entry permits.
Mordechai told the participants that he had received a complaint from the PA to the effect that Israeli employers or their representatives are trading in permits to Israel.
Microsoft’s Skype introduced launched its real-time translation feature out of beta about half a year ago and today it is adding Arabic — and more specifically, Modern Standard Arabic — as its eighth supported language.
Na Takallam (which means “we talk” in Arabic), which launched in 2015, connects Syrian refugees with Arabic learners, who pay for hour-long chats held over Skype or Whatsapp to improve their conversational skills.
The benefits of the platform, Sara says, are twofold.