Saturday, March 19, 2011

Any Language as a Second Language! #edtech

Wow, I haven't been able to stop exploring tonight's utility:  DotSub I speak one language fluently and that is English.  I am married to a Greek and took Spanish in high school, but that is the extent of my second language knowledge. I often thought if I was able to watch videos in another language with English translations it may be easier to learn that language.  Finding DVDs in another language with English subtitles can be a challenge, particularly since most of them are formatted in a different region code.  Enter DotSub.  This utility probably does a lot more than I am about to tell you.  But, what I have fallen in love with so far is that they have a large database of videos in different languages (which you can search with their powerful search tool) you can then click the translate button and it breaks the video into segments that with the corresponding subtitles in that language.  So, what's the big deal?  Well, you can then click the Click to Translate link and if you know the language type the translation for almost any language out there.  Or, if you don't, copy the words into Google Translate and simply paste them into the box.  In just a few minutes, you can watch a video in a foreign language with English subtitles.  There's a lot more to explore at DotSub and I may need to post a follow up another day.  You can also upload your own videos and add subtitles in any language as well. Until then Έχετε μια μεγάλη βραδιά
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