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Need Something Translated? 5 Useful Language Translation Tools That Are Amazingly Effective

Need Something Translated? 5 Useful Language Translation Tools That Are Amazingly Effective

As many of us know, it takes a long time to learn a new language, and constantly looking up words in a multilingual dictionary is one of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks in the process.

The wonders of the internet and technology have changed our lives completely in terms of learning and reading. Now e-readers like the Nook and tablets are available for students who need a larger font in order to improve their reading ability. The internet has also sped up the learning process substantially and banished the traditional ways of physically searching for a word’s meaning in a multilingual dictionary.

The list below provides a number of best free online translation tool services that you could consider for when you want to translate from one language to another.

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1. ImTranslator 

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    ImTranslator (I’m Translator) is an online text to speech and translation tool. It can be used to embed a website for noncommercial use. ImTranslator is also a very convenient add-on for web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, enabling you to translate any text directly from within your browser. Moreover, ImTranslator can also detect the language of the selected text automatically and, as a result, in order to perform the translation, the user just has to select the target language. Through ImTranslator you can also use the Auto-copy feature to save the translation on your clipboard.

    2. SDL Free Translation

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    SDL Free Translation

      SDL free translation is widely used by professional translators because of its TM (Translation Memory), which really eases the load when doing big translation projects. The most interesting and useful feature on SDL is that you can choose between a machine-performed Free Translation or a Human Translation, in which, fairly obviously, the translation done by a human being.

      Due to the minimal level of accuracy, the SDL machine-performed Free Translations are not really up to the mark for projects requiring perfection. However, they can be helpful to get an idea of the overall meaning of the translated text.

      3. Bing Translator

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      Bing Translator

        Microsoft’s Bing Translator is also a very popular online translation tool from one of the world’s largest technology companies. This free service is designed to help with translations of web pages, documents, or even just for a word or phrase.The Bing translation engine is also embedded into Windows phones, and because of the free API, developers often consider it to power their in-app translation features. It has an auto-detection feature built in, and supports dozens of languages. Bing Translator also offers the option for users to vote on the translation’s accuracy.

        4. WorldLingo

        WorldLingo

          The WorldLingo translator website is another free online translator tool that is very commonly used these days. WorldLingo’s online translation service can translate text or complete web pages by using the same site. According to statistics, WorldLingo has a 70–75 percent translation accuracy rate. WorldLingo translator supports the translation of English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Russian, and Spanish. It also allows you to insert special characters (such as accented letters) and select of the field of the document, such as whether it is for legal, general, or technical purposes.

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          5. Google Translate

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            Most of us are already familiar with Google Translate, and in my opinion it’s the best online translation service going. It supports a truly good set of languages, and there are other Google products like the Chrome browser auto-translation feature. Due to its ability to translate text or webpages into target languages, Google Translate is used in many smartphone apps for translation tasks. Unlike other online translation services that use SYSTRAN for translation, Google Translate has its own translation software. The translation results are fairly worthy—though not perfect, of course. This tool falls down when translating complicated sentences, but it’s still one of the best free, web-accessible and mobile-accessible, online translation tools.

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            Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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            Last Updated on May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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