We know it might sound cliché, but the world is getting smaller, and it’s getting smaller faster all the time. The internet makes it easier than ever to connect with people whose lives and experiences are radically different from our own. Language is one of the most important things that separate us.
If you’ve ever tried to watch a foreign language film without subtitles, you know how frustrating it can be not to understand what’s going on right in front of you. Fortunately, we’re not just limited to figuring out the plot during movies anymore—we can even chat with people and send them emails in their native languages.
But how? Translation software is constantly improving, so keep reading for a few examples of translation tools you should know about:
1. Google Translate
Google Translate is the most popular and widely used language translator on the web. It’s free, and it works pretty well for simple phrases. Google Translate will also give you instant translations when you’re in another app or website, without having to copy and paste anything.
But if your language is more complicated than “Where’s the bathroom,” there are better options out there—paid solutions like Fiverr or freelance translators who work with other companies like Alibaba and Upwork.
A free online translator that uses neural machine translation technology is DeepL. It can translate from English to French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese. And it can translate from French to English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian
3. Bing Translator
If you’re looking for a free online translator, Bing Translator is a good option. It uses Microsoft Translator to convert text from one language to another.
It supports 42 languages and can translate between more than 80 different language pairs. If your source and target language aren’t listed on the service, there are options to make your own translation request or suggest a new target language pair that should be added to Bing Translator’s repertoire (and be sure to check out our list of best translation tools for other great options).
4. Baidu Fanyi
Baidu Fanyi is a Chinese translation service that’s also known as Baidu Translate. It’s a free tool for translating text between multiple languages, and it’s available on desktop and mobile devices. The app has voice recognition, as well as human proofreading, which makes this translator useful to anyone who needs help translating documents or websites when they’re not connected to the internet.
The service provides online translation in 37 languages, including English, French, and Spanish. This tool is particularly useful if you need help with Chinese—the fifth most spoken language worldwide—because it has support for 22 different dialects of Mandarin Chinese!
Yandex.Translate is a free online translation service that can translate between 91 languages, making it one of the best tools for language learners. The website supports the most popular languages and has a “phrase suggestion” feature that predicts what you want to say in your target language and shows you context sentences using it.
It also provides instant translations on its homepage by typing or pasting text into an input field; however, this method only works with English-Russian pairs at the moment (but Yandex hopes to add more in the future). The service provides dictionary definitions as well as audio recordings of words in both directions (e.g., if you want to listen to how “how are you?” sounds like in Russian).
Babylon is a free online translation service.
It is a good translator for short texts, but it is not very accurate. It provides an acceptable level of accuracy and speed when translating the short text into English, often within seconds of submitting your text. However, Babylon has many flaws in its translations; this includes incorrect grammar, confusing phrases or sentences that are hard to understand, and some words that aren’t translated at all.
7. Word Lingo Free Translation and Professional Services
Word Lingo is a free translation service that allows you to translate one word at a time. It also offers paid services for translating entire sentences, paragraphs, and whole files at once.
Word Lingo has options for translating English into Spanish, French, or German. You can also use it to translate from Spanish or French into English.
These are the Best Translators
Of course, if you’re looking for a translator that can handle multiple languages, look no further than Google Translate. It’s free and comes with many helpful features like text-to-speech and voice recognition. The app also has a speech recognition feature that lets you speak into your phone in one language and have it translated into another language by the app itself—a great tool when traveling abroad!
Google Translate is available on Android devices (7.0+), iOS devices (11+) as well as via Chrome browser extension or on a PC/Mac computer using Google Chrome (version 56+).
It’s not always easy to understand how translators work and what the difference is between them, but having a good working knowledge of these concepts makes it much easier to choose the right translator for your needs. In this article, we have covered some examples of language translators that you might want to consider for your own project!