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New online language translation system from Club Penguin to remove language barriers

London, Wed, 02 May 2012 ANI

London, May 2(ANI): Disney's Club Penguin website has introduced a new chat system that would enable children to converse online in Spanish, French, Portuguese and German without knowing a word of any of those languages, as a part of an upgrade.

The new chat system, which allows children aged five and over to play and chat together online using penguin avatars, will automatically translate pre-selected phrases between the languages used on the site.

The chat system currently contains 300,000 phrases but an update, which is due later this year, will extend that number to more than six billion.

The next update will automatically translate those phrases between the website's languages, which would result in children with different native languages will be able to talk without even realising they speak different languages.

Lane Merrifield, Club Penguin's co-founder, said the team wondered 'what would it be like to create a world where language barriers disappear'.

"Once you have a finite list of phrases you can translate, the database is just serving up numbers," the Telegraph quoted Merrifield, as saying.

"Once you have a finite list of phrases you can translate, the database is just serving up numbers," he added. (ANI)

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