Language teachers may soon be out of a job if a new device takes off. The Pilot will involve speech recognition, machine translation and voice synthesis, using Bluetooth technology to send conversations from your smartphone to the earpiece. French, Spanish, Italian and English will be followed by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Arabic in the future. No mention of German so we will continue our conversations in the old fashioned way. Not very amusing but interesting perhaps, though I find it rather surreal!! Sylvia Mountford.