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Learn a language while browsing the web

tech reviews Updated: May 14, 2012 14:25 IST

A new experimental Language Immersion browser extension for Chrome wants to help you learn a second language by simulating the experience of being immersed within the language.

The tool uses Google Translate to automatically translate words and phrases on the websites you browse from English into a foreign language.

“Depending on the language you select and your existing comfort level, the extension will automatically switch certain words and phrases on web pages you browse to the new language, providing a painless way to immerse yourself in a language without interrupting what you were doing online,” explained Google in a May 9 post on Google+.

Back in 2011 a website called Duolingo launched under the premise of using crowd-sourced translations to translate the web. The startup, which is still in private beta, helps students learn a language for free while simultaneously translating content into foreign languages.

You can add the Language Immersion for Chrome extension to your web browser at