Peace Corps creates translation app in Zambia – Telecompaper

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Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia. The application Bantu Babel is now available for Android devices in the Google Play store, the Peace Corps said in a statement. The app is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers and host-country nationals communicate more effectively. The app has two parts: a dictionary for translating individual words and a survival phrase book that contains helpful terms for accommodation, shopping, food and emergencies, among other things. Peace Corps volunteers Tony Tseng, Melissa Stetler and Rasa Kent worked with developers from BongoHive, a Lusaka-based technology and innovation hub, to develop the app. BongoHive provides a place for the local tech community to meet, swap experiences, and attend training, networking and hackathon events.

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