Immerse Yourself In A New Language By Browsing The Web

by Language Learner on May 9, 2012

Google Chrome has come up with a neat extension that allows you to learn a foreign language just by browsing the web. Here’s how it works:

  1. You install the extension.
  2. You choose the language you want to learn.
  3. You choose the level of difficulty (e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  4. You browse to a website where you read a text you want to read, and the extention will replace some words or phases of the original English text with words or phrases of your target language.

Watch the video to check this out for yourself:

It surely isn’t a way to completely learn a language, but might be a great way to get deeper into a language you are already learning!

Here’s the original description of the extension:

Experience a new language while you browse the web.
Language Immersion for Chrome is an experimental extension that aims to simulate the experience of being immersed in a foreign language. By switching certain words and phrases from English into a language of your choice, the websites you already visit can provide a way to experience the world from a different perspective.

Features:

- Choose from all 64 languages currently supported by Google Translate.

- Novice-to-fluent skill settings let you immerse at your own pace.

- Click on a translated word to switch it back to English.

- Roll-over a translated word to hear it pronounced.

Note: Language Immersion for Chrome is very much an experiment. That means the translations won’t always  be 100% accurate, and it probably won’t turn you into a language genius overnight. That being said, we think it’s pretty cool to be able see the web from a different perspective, and we’re excited for everyone to give it a try.

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