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Last updated at 17:55 BST, Thursday, 25 October 2012

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A woman on a mobile phone

Could mobile technology end language learning?

Can you imagine a machine which allows you to speak any language in the world?

A Japanese mobile phone operator has developed some technology which brings this language learners' dream a step closer.

Find out more in this week's 6 Minute English with Neil and Jen.

This week's question:

How many languages are there in the world? Is it:

a) about 100

b) about 1,000

c) about 6,000

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


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software common on mobile phones


a mobile phone which is also a small computer

in real time



a central computer which other computers get their information from

hot on the heels

very soon after something



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