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Choosing the Ideal Platform for Online Translation Services

Choosing the Ideal Platform for Online Translation Services

If you have recently attempted to translate any text from one language to another, then you must have been faced with two significant problems. Indeed, modern translation services are faced with a dilemma and one that is not easy to ignore, as depicted by Google’s multi-million investment in translation software. There has been a significant increase in the need to translate text from and to an assortment of languages. Gone are the days when almost every text was published in English, and when you did not need competence in more than two languages.

    The age of globalization has allowed many languages into contemporary discourse. In turn, this has given almost every language equal access to the web and imposing an obligation on the sender and or reader to translate numerous texts from or to their language. Whether or not you are traveling to a foreign context, the diversity of languages is a challenge you need to acknowledge. This reality is even more critical for a marketer seeking to expand their market reach to a population whose language is foreign. On the other hand, you have an unprecedented increase of transition platforms on the web, most of them offering free services they describe as the best, most reliable, latest, expansive, comprehensive, and similar marketing jargon.

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    Unfortunately, most of these translation service platforms are substandard, inadequate, unreliable, and as pretentious as they are free. Thus emerges the dilemma in the increased need for translation, and the overwhelming presence of translation platforms with questionable online theatrics. Derivatively, therefore, the question is, during those times you urgently need translation services, how do you select a reliable translation platform. Here are five factors to consider, when selecting the ideal platform for online translation services.

    Factors to Consider When Choosing a Translation Platform

    1. Purpose-Based Translation

    The purpose and intent of the text you need to be translated differs, and without whose observance, the text loses its purpose. In most instances, some texts are informal while others are professional, which determines the selection of words (lexemes), how the words are related (syntax), their arrangement (lexicology), and their patterning in sentence structures (morphology). The text you need to be translated may have a business purpose such as marketing, or a social purpose such as updates from friends. As such, the best platform for translation services offers you a choice between informal and professional purposes, whether you are the sender or receiver.

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    2. Interface Convenience and Usability

    The online platform also needs a user-friendly interface, and one you do not require help or guidance with when you have some text to translate. The interface should allow you to choose what you want quickly and conveniently, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a repeated visitor to the platform. Ideally, you should be able to access all the options from a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, or a mobile phone, based on your needs and convenience.

    3. Timeliness and Reliability

    In most cases, when you need to translate some text, the purpose is in real time. You are looking for immediate translations, and rarely will you have the time for delays. Some platforms request you for an Email address to send the translations to, while others direct you to wait for results indefinitely. Such distractions only limit your productivity for that day. The best translation platform provides immediate translations and is reliably efficient when you require real-time translations.

    4. Multi-Language Translation

    Today, the languages you may wish to translate text to or from are diverse. You may be looking for Italian to English translation, for English to Spanish translation, for English to French translation, or hundreds of other language-specific translations. Ideally, the best platform for translation services facilitates the language you want to translate text to or from, conveniently.

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    5. Cost

    The maxim of willing buyers and willing seller also applies to online translation services. Some platforms charge exorbitant fees for per-word translations, while others are free. Today, there is a noted abundance of free applications for your mobile device offering assorted service packages. When you have to decide which platform to use, always consider whether you prefer a free platform, one that charges subscription fees, or one that charges for every translation. Ideally, the best translation platform provides the best possible translations at little or no cost.

    6. Customer Support

    Although the platform you use for translation services may not require assistance, being user-friendly, there are those times you may require assistance. You might be having a gigantic volume of text to translate, personal preferences, or updates on a translated text. As such, the best translation platform allows you easy, convenient, and 24/7 access. The platform should, therefore, provide accurate contacts for customer support, through calls, chat, or messaging.

    Conclusion

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      In conclusion, therefore, when you are choosing a platform for online translation services, it is important to determine which platform best serves your needs among available today. While there are many platforms to choose from, very few can reliably, conveniently, and accurately meet your requirements to optimal satisfaction. The success of your selection will rely on your preferences and requirements. Always consider the cost of translation, specific languages to translate to or from, timeliness, functional purpose of translation, user convenience, as well as the availability of customer support, when selecting your translation platform. As the world welcomes the global village, the need for translation services is only likely to increase towards the future.

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      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

      Joe’s Goals

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        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

        Daytum

          Daytum

          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

          Excel or Numbers

            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

            Evernote

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              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

              Access or Bento

                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                Conclusion

                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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