Translation by SMS

I just got a text message from MobiNil, my phone company, offering a new translation service by SMS. Basically you send in a word by SMS to the number "1001" and you'll get it back translated in English or Arabic (i.e. the opposite of whatever you sent in). Quite nifty. Makes me wish I still had a phone with Arabic input... maybe it's time to upgrade.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.