Free Translation Services and Software (Online and Offline)
Free translations for web pages, email, IM messages, documents, etc
Free Translation Services and Software (for Web, Email, IM, Documents)
The online services and/or (offline) software listed on this page allow you to translate your documents, email, and website to another language. Many of them provide bi-directional translation free of charge. Now if you encounter that email or website in a foreign language, don't worry, hop over to this page and try the services listed below to get a translated version in your own language. Check the description given for each service/software below for the list of languages and/or dialects supported.
Note: These machine translations (MT) are seldom perfect. Depending on how the language is used on the original page (grammar, idioms, irony, sarcasm, etc), you may have to use some intelligent guesswork to even understand the translated page. If you want a perfect translation, you should probably employ a human translator.
Free Web Translations, Free Email and IM Translations, Free Translation Software and Services
- Bing Translator
Microsoft's translator supports Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian and Vietnamese. More specifically, it appears to be able to translate between any of the above languages, in both directions. You can either enter text that you want translated into a box, or supply the web address (URL) of a website that you want translated. The online translator is also able to automatically guess the language that you type in the source language box.
- Google Language Tools
Google's language translation tools allows you to translates text and web pages to/from a wide variety of languages, including Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yiddish. (There may be others by the time you check, since Google seems to add languages from time to time; or at least, they appeared to have done so in the past.) It is able to automatically guess the source language if you don't know it yourself.
- iTools Language Tools
iTools has an online service that will translate text and/or web pages between English and either Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese as well as from English to Norwegian.
- Promt's Online Translator
This free translator allows you to translate text (which you type into a window), or a web page (by supplying a URL), or your email. The translator is free "for personal, non-commercial purpose only". Languages supported: English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
- Alta Vista Translation
Alta Vista's free translation service allows you to either provide a URL, which it will obtain and deliver to you in the language you select, or copy text into a box, which it will proceed to translate for you. It will translate from English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish; as well as translate from Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and Russian to English, simplified or tradition Chinese to/from English, Dutch to/from English, etc.
- SDL Free Translation
This free service can translate either a web page or text that you type (or copy) into their box. It will translate from English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Spanish; as well as translate from Spanish, French, German to English, etc.
- English-Chinese Dictionary
This is an online English to Chinese dictionary.
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