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MILLIONS of Britons could improve their foreign language skills by watching TV and using their mobile phone.

The application, based on research by a computer scientist at the University of Portsmouth, is designed to encourage language learning while people are being entertained.

It works by providing an explanation, translation or context around difficult words, when watching programmes in a different language.

The idea is the brainchild of Dr Sanaz Fallahkhair, a senior lecturer in computing at the university, who has developed the prototype software.

She said ‘Britons lag behind the rest of the world at learning a different language and my idea is to help remedy this by bringing learning into the living room.’