58 Languages on Tap

Business Jet Traveler » April 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:00am

When you travel internationally, do you spend too much time thumbing through translation dictionaries and trying to pronounce unfamiliar words? Help has arrived in the form of Google Translate, a free iPhone app that covers 58 languages-everything from Afrikaans, Albanian and Arabic to Vietnamese, Welsh and Yiddish. Not only that, but you can speak your query rather than typing it in any of 15 languages and hear a spoken translation in any of 24 languages. So the next time you're in Denmark and want to tell everyone you meet that this is your favorite magazine, just load Google Translate. In seconds, you'll be proclaiming, "Business Jet Traveler er min ynollings magasin!" You'll sound like a native-and a cultured individual as well.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais