People are using a lot of online language translation apps. Do the benefits of these outweigh the disadvantages?



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People are using a lot of online language translation apps. Do the benefits of these outweigh the disadvantages?

The popularity of web-based language translation applications has grown over the past few years due to globalization. People from vastly different geographical zones, educational backgrounds and cultural beliefs are more inclined to use such mobile applications to learn and understand a foreign language. I strongly agree that the positives of this development outweigh the negatives, and in this essay I will discuss this using examples of current apps and an article in the Times Newspaper.


On the one hand, there is ample evidence that constant access to mobile phones has been immeasurably beneficial to both our social lives and business careers. Nowadays, citizens are migrating to different countries in order to build the new future and dealing with overseas companies for business purposes, so learning a second language has become the necessity. Such mobile applications are facilitating them by providing a handy solution to their language barriers. Apple Store provides a number of paid and unpaid apps such as Duolingo, … which instantly translate one language to another seamlessly. Therefore, it is apparent that many key aspects people’s lives are being made easy through this handy and ready-to-use solutions.


On the other hand, whether language conversion apps benefit the public or cause potential losses to the key section of education establishment is also a controversial topic for discussion. A recent study published in the Times Newspaper has shown that there has been significant reduction in demand for bilingual teachers or native language tutors as more people have started using such apps instead of specialist tuition required to learn a new tongue. For an instance, free apps simply require basic registration details and e-mail verification to begin compared to the many hours or even years needed to master an additional language to proficient level of fluency. As a result, despite the indisputable benefits of learning face to face, professors, translators and interpreters are having to fight to justify their relevance in this new world.




To conclude, I believe that if the situation favors the relatively accurate, easily accessible use of online applications that offer translation, this will be extremely beneficial for the community at large.
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