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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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            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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