Breaking the language barrier

At INK2013, Sunil Khandbahale shares with us his fascinating journey from being unable to understand English as a young student, to creating a series of digital dictionaries to empower people just like him -- a tool now being used by over 100 million users in 150 countries.

Recorded at INK2013, Kochi, Kerala


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Sunil Khandbahale

Linguistic Enabler

Sunil’s goal is to help Indians bridge the ‘language’ and ‘digital’ divides, due to the dominance of English on the internet and in technical published texts. He has developed digital dictionaries for mobile phones and computers with a repository of 9.6 million audio and textual words in 16 domains, like Legal, Agriculture and Pharmacy, in 22 different Indian languages. Educated in Marathi-medium in a village near Nashik, Sunil believes the root of the rural inferiority complex is the linguistic divide, due to which many abandon their education. He hopes to reverse this with his free platform.

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Karthik Reddy

Sunil was an inspiration to all us INK Fellows. Simplicity of purpose and kindness of heart....and a little nervous yet around missing his airplane rides (he'll get used to it as he travels further and higher)

Balbhim Khomne

Thousands of talented and poor fellows who because of rural inferiority complex and language barrier couldn't complete their higher education. There are few exceptions like me and Sunil who survived the tragedy by overcoming this obstacle.
Of course, hats off to Sunil, for great efforts to remove this digital divide and reverse the phenomenon,by providing a free platform to the whole world!!

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