I just saw the coolest thing ever!!! It was a multi−language chat system. It handled 8 languages. Now you can say "Age/Sex Check" in 8 languages simultainiously. Some students used it to collaborate on a webpage project even though they didn't speak the same languages.
They also showed a spoken word translation system. It was being tested for taking hotel reservations. The customer spoke in English, the hotel employee in Japanese and the computer spoke the translations.