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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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      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

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      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

      1. 750words

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      750 words

        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

        2. Ohlife

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          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

          3. Oneword

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            4. Penzu

              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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              5. Evernote

              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

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