mikejuk writes: Many people were concerned that the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world on December 21st 2012 but a more realistic disaster is the imminent demise of the Mayan language which it is estimated will be extinct within two generations. As the 14th B’ak’tun began, and the world didn’t end Microsoft Research, took the optimistic view and demonstrated a Mayan to Spanish translation system. The system can translate from Yucatec, a dialect of Mayan, to Spanish and vice versa and the hope is that it will keep Mayan alive by allowing native speakers to communicate with the Spanish speaking majority using mobile phone and tablets. Let’s hope that the improved communication will stop any misunderstanding of what might happen at the end of the 14th B’ak’tun.
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