Skype’s real-time translator – the end of language learning and teaching?

A reposting of the post I wrote for the British Council’s Voices blog. Originally published at http://www.britishcouncil.org/blog/skypes-real-time-translator-end-language-learning.  All you have to do, to understand any language in the universe, is put a small, yellow, leech-like fish in your ear, and you will instantly hear the translation of the speaker in your head. This is the description of 

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Uniform iPhone

On the way to HTC service centre to pick up my repaired Nexus One. I was using the 3GS iPhone I have for work on the MTR, browsing the web and killing time. I looked up. Everyone, without exaggeration, around me was also using an iPhone.