What’s the best free on or offline language translator?

Mango the Fruitarian August 26, 2010
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Are there any free language translators that let you tweak translations, i.e. via drop down lists of alternative words, formality/informality, choice whether noun/adjective/adverb etc? I’m looking for translation from/to English into the most common central European languages.

  1. Mango Wodzak
    August 28, 2010 at 5:27 am

    thanks josh, i pretty much know of those 2 already, and have used both.. but i was specifically wondering if there was a free translator that lets you chose formality before translating, or chose from a drop down list of alternate words, or lets us decide what's a noun and what's not.. all these things are missing with even google translate which for certain languages is otherwise pretty good..

  2. Josh Fox
    August 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Google's translate service has usually done pretty good for me. There's also Babel Fish, which was once an Alta Vista service, but is now owned by Yahoo. I don't know of any offline translation program that isn't just linked to a web service though.However, I have also found that no translation service is perfect. When translating your native language to foreign for a specific person or group such as on forums, nothing beats having a friend that knows the language fluently to help you out. This helps a great deal to prevent a lost in translation problem.EDIT: URLs for the services mentioned. translate.google.com and babelfish.yahoo.com