Translate From English To German

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There are two main types of electronic tools that can be used to translate from English to German. Offline, handheld tools such as electronic dictionaries are popular with travelers, but generally have limited translation abilities. Software tools, such as computer-assisted translation software, are usually more powerful, but are often inconvenient for use-on-the-go.

Electronic dictionaries that translate from English to German have become popular mostly for their portability. They often contain lengthy word lists, and may also be able to pronounce target language words by containing sample banks of native speakers. One recent development in electronic dictionaries has been dictionary software for handheld PDAs, some of which can recognize handwriting and process queries in a number of languages.

Using a Computer to Translate from English to German

Most computer-assisted translation programs are designed for larger PCs and laptop computers, though. Though simple electronic dictionary-like applications are available, powerful language processing tools are more common. Generally, software that can translate from English to German uses one of two methods: machine translation and computer-assisted translation.

The main difference between those two methods is that computer-assisted translation programs support the translator, while machine translation programs are capable of producing results with little interference from the user. Though machine translation programs are powerful, many still require the user to edit the target text before it is ready for use in professional documents. Computer-assisted translation programs, while more demanding on the user, often result in more accurate translations than other programs may produce.

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