As is our wont at this time of year, we’ve been pondering the tale of the nativity – how the awfully accepting Joseph wandered all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem just to fill in a census, accompanied by his heavily pregnant wife, Mary, sat on her ass. Of course, as the story goes, when they got there, being Christmas, all hotels were fully booked up and there was “no room at the inn”, leaving them going through labour stuck in a stable surrounded by animals - marginally worse conditions than an NHS hospital.
But then, being from elsewhere, could it merely have been a case of lost in translation? Could the Biblical Basil Fawlty have said: “Yep, drop your donkey round the back and come on in?” and Joseph, not down with the local lingo or area accent, have misunderstood? It’s possible.
Well, it’s been 2012 years in the making, but now we could ensure that such Crimbo confusion never occurs again. How? With today’s tremendously tenuous Yuletide link: Vocre for Android!
Designed to eliminate the kind of miscommunication that causes someone to think that myrrh is an acceptable baby gift, Vocre is a translation app that’s capable of keeping the conversation going between some 39 different languages. Simply open the app, select your language and that of the person you’re with, pop it on the table and Vocre will translate both sides of your chat, displaying yours and your foreign friend’s words on its screen mere moments after you utter them.
Costing a piffling £1.85 from Google Play, whilst natural English arrogance will always succeed in any dealings with ‘Johnny’ (just say it louder and slower), why run the risk of ending up in a barn abroad when, for less than two pounds, you can ensure you and your missus can at least find room at a Holiday Inn?