Online Translators

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There are a variety of different types of online translators available with or without a subscription. Most of these online translation services can translate a block of text with reasonable accuracy, offering a reliable translation 70-80 percent of the time. In general, they can translate English text to a variety of languages, and many online translators can translate between European languages and major Asian languages as well.

There are also downloadable translation programs that blur the line between software and Internet-based language tools. They generally use software modules that are installed onto your hard disk to provide the basic translation information, and supplement that information with online resources. They may use several different types of online resources, such as glossaries or custom dictionaries, as supplemental information.

The primary strength of translators that combine software modules and online resources is that they provide quick and easy translation almost instantly, without the need for accessing URLs or other programs. They can translate nearly any text in any program; simply highlight the text and click to access the list of possible translations from the translation module. Unlike online translators, these software-based translators run quietly in the background, and can be accessed with a click of the mouse.

Resources for Software Programs and Online Translators

The online resources that these programs make available to customers include a long list of professional and technical glossaries, often including software and engineering glossaries as well as manufacturing and business glossaries. Language glossaries complete with vernacular slang and idioms may also be available for a variety of languages. Some translators have access to over 1,500 specialized glossaries, with millions of words and phrases available to customers.

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