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Three free online translators

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Online translators are tools that translate pieces of text from one language to another with the help of some complex computer algorithms.


You might need to translate a block of text, and are looking for tools to do so. You need not necessarily download quite hefty translation software to your PC, instead you can try these online translators:

Google Translate

Google Translate is a free online translator from Google. The simple, uncluttered interface makes it very convenient for online translation purposes.

Google Online Translate

Google Translate can translate blocks of text from one language to another like any other online translator. In addition, you can also translate a web page completely from one language to another using the web page translator available in the same page.

Translation to and from English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese, Chinese and more languages are supported.

You can also search the web using Google Search for your particular region/language.

Visit Google Translate

Babel Fish Online Translator

Babel Fish is a web translator that came into existence due to AltaVista’s efforts, and was bought by Yahoo! later.

Babel Fish Online Translator

Babel Fish has a colourful interface, and it’s by far the most earliest, free online translator. Babel Fish online translator can also translate webpages, just like Google Translate.

Furthermore, you could add Babel Fish online translation service to your own website, and provide international visitors greater access to your information.

Visit Babel Fish Translation site

PROMT – Free Online Translation

This is one online translation tool that I happened to stumble upon, and thought it’s worth a mention.

Unlike the above translators, this online translator is for more advanced users. Supporting over ten languages, this translator has features that make it perfect for a more aggressive user.

PROMT online translator has good addons like a visual keyboard, character decoder, spell checker and other such tools.

Clicking on the translate button brings up the translated version. You can also directly email the translated text from the web page itself.

But the cons include that fact that only 500 characters are allowed for a free translation service, but you can go paid for more. The page is also a bit concentrated with ads, so it won’t look good unless you’re using AdBlock ;)

Visit PROMT – Free Online Translation

That was my shot of it. If you have anything to add, you can add them in the comments.

An important point worth mentioning is that none of these machine translators can be up to the mark. There can be some significant inconsistencies since machine translation technology is still in developmental stage.

Written by admin

August 14th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

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  • Haris

    Nice list. I only knew about Google Translator. Never tried searching for others. Bookmarked, as they may come in handy anytime!

  • Nirmal

    I have used Google and Babel fish. BTW nice list

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Thanks for dropping by guys.

  • TipsoSaurus

    he he he…it seems tthat you are now interested in teaching languages :P

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @TipsoSaurus: LOL :P

  • ram

    Nice list, i regularly use google translate. Never heard of the promt, i will check this one.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Ram: My most used tool is Google Translate too :D Do check Promt as well.

  • ReviewSaurus

    So, what will be the next post now??? How to read fast and write fast….I think you should write on this too. :)

  • Vijay

    Google translate is probably the most popular. I did use it to provide translation for my site earlier, then I dropped the idea due to several flaws. Of course, they are free and you can’t ask for more ;) Good compilation, shankar

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @ReviewSaurus: LOL I’m not an expert in Linguistics ;) hehe
    @Vijay. Thanks, I’d also love to provide translation, but I know it isn’t perfect after all :D That’s why no widgets here hehe.

  • Ashish Mohta

    Thats Interesting. You should have got lot of pingbacks for this

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Ashish Mohta: Thanks, :D but I didn’t receive any :D

  • Shivaranjan

    I have used the Google Translator but was not aware of the other translators. Thats a Great post. :)

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  • Shankar Ganesh

    Thanks Shivaranjan, for dropping by.

  • Clara

    I’ve been a long time user of Babel Fish but will certainly give Promt a try. Thanks for the list!

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Thanks for dropping by, Clara. Do try out Promt and tell us your opinion :)

  • Clara

    Promt is pretty good, though I find that the site is kind of cluttered. Well, I will still use it. :-)

  • Benedict Herold

    Heard about Babel Fish, but I’m happy with google Translator for now!

  • John

    I use translator when i use msn messenger.

  • Sniweelve

    Подскажите шооблончег под WordPress 2.6.2, чтобы был похож на ваш

    Заранее благодарю)