Some time between Now and Then, Hoshi Sato, who speaks somewhere around forty languages, will put the finishing touches on the linguacode matrix which makes the Universal Translator possible.
In the meantime, we have this contraption:
The Trinvo TR01 Talking Translator is a handy device that is the globe-trotting traveler’s new best friend.
The translator can cross-translate in 12 languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Manadarin), French and Spanish to name a few. It comes loaded with 750 commonly spoken travelers’ phrases, 2500 words for each language, and 8 categories of “fast search desire questions.” Each spoken in a clear, easy to understand human voice, eliminating the time-intensive, frustrating and often embarrassing experience of trying to get your point across in a language you can barely pronounce. It also has nifty sightseeing tips for each language.
And it beats the heck out of lugging the Rosetta Stone around.
If this thing does Turkish, here’s a phrase I want to try out: “Hoverkraftimin ici yılan balıǧı dolu,” which means pretty much what you think it means.