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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 November 5, 2019

            5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

            5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

            Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

            The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

            1. Duolingo

              Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

              Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

              The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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              Download the app

              2. HelloTalk

                HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                Download the app

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                3. Mindsnacks

                  Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                  You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                  Download the app

                  4. Busuu

                    Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                    The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                    When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                    Download the app

                    5. Babbel

                      Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                      Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                      If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                      Download the app

                      Takeaways

                      All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                      Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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