When I was younger my school used to make all GCSE French students converse with Europeans via letters, and you were expected to build up a dialogue/friendship through the medium of pen, paper and the good ol Collins French/English dictionary.
The letters were short lived though as the correspondence proved very frustrating for all parties, and our handle of conjugating foreign verbs probably had the French kids scratching their heads in bewilderment. Fast forward a couple of years and I’m slightly ashamed to admit my skills in foreign language stop at HTML and creating Gifs (which I once listed on my CV under other languages). But this may all change with the latest development Gmail have rolled out.
Whilst I’d love to be more involved with other cultures the language barrier is an issue- one that may have been solved by Gmail’s latest lab creation. You can now enable “Message Translation” from the Labs tab, and when you receive an email in another language it will automatically be converted into the Queens speech.
This may not help you develop your language skills, but were you at school it would certainly mean an A on your assignments and a better knowledge of French wine (hopefully).[via Trusted Reviews] More web stuff here