We’ve all heard the dismal reports from journalists checking into not-quite-ready hotels, but there’s some good news at Sochi too. One of our favorites is a free, on-demand Twitter translation service for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
One Hour Translations‘ Twitter Hub is available in realtime to anyone watching the games (at Sochi or anywhere around the globe). Users just tweet @OHT during the Games with the message to be translated, and what language they need it in. According to One Hour Translations, they’ll have an answer “within moments” on Twitter.
The service will come in handy for tourists and athletes attending the games, whether they need a translation of directions, events, news stories, or a way to communicate in the local language. Those watching from home can use it to cheer on their favorite athletes.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to the global community so that they may send their words of encouragement to their athletes and fellow citizens,” said Ofer Shoshan, One Hour Translation’s CEO.
The Twitter hub will launch during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games; translations will be available in 70+ languages.
We’re pretty excited to try out this fun tool during the Winter Games — and see if the translation comes through in realtime!