Skype Translator, the real time feature that translates spoken language into written text during a Skype call, added Arabic as its latest supported language. This brings the total of supported spoken languages up to eight: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Arabic. On top of that Skype supports translation of written text in 50 languages which makes it a great tool for language teaching.
Skype Translator uses MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) for its translation which is taught in schools across the Arab speaking world, used in the media and commonly used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Though estimates vary, there are between 250 to 300 million Arabic speakers across the globe and Arabic is the fastest growing language on the Internet.
When using the feature keep in mind that it is still a work in progress. VentureBeat reports that when using the Skype Translator some sentences did not get translated correctly. But just like Google Translate, Wikispeech and other similar services that collect data from users, the service will get better the more people will use it.