And Chinese for “Skype” Is…

The Skype communication service has probably set a record for the fastest movement of a brand name to a common verb (“I’ll Skype you tomorrow”).  A recent blurb in Time states that there are 45,000 new Chinese users of Skype signing up … DAILY. And, that many of these new customers are using the service to place calls and practice their English.

Of course, it makes complete sense for the Internet, a true worldwide communication medium, to move into person-to-person communication with typical “Internet-age” speed. The interesting thing about this tidbit of news is that eBay, the new owner of Skype, is reported to be considering adding translation services as a possible pay feature in 2006.

Marjolein Groot Nibbelink
Marjolein realized early on that the Netherlands was too small for her. After traveling to 30+ countries over the span of 10 years she moved to the United States in 2014. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Rotterdam and has long had an affinity for creative writing.


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