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The 10 Best Online Translators You Can Use in the Real World

Sandy Writtenhouse Updated 04-12-2019

Where do you go when you need a quick translation to another language? A friend or a foreign language dictionary? You can use a handy browser extension if you need to translate words often. But, you might not want to install one or your company may not allow it.

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These free online translators are perfect for fast word or sentence swapping to another language. And some offer extra features that make them even better. When you find the one you like best, don’t forget to bookmark it so that it’s always close at hand.

1. Google Translate

Google Translate

One of the most popular translation services is offered by Google. And if you search Google for translators, its own handy tool will pop right up above your search results. This means you do not have to open another website.

But if you have a lengthy amount of text to translate, the Google Translate site is your spot. You have more space for your text and can choose your input method from handwriting or keyboard options. Other features you might like include saving, listening to, sharing, or copying the translated text.

In addition, you can suggest an edit if you believe the translation is incorrect. Google Translate provides over 100 languages.

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2. Bing Translator

Bing Translator

Another big name in translators is Bing which uses Microsoft Translator. You can select your input language or have the site automatically detect it as you type. If you have your microphone enabled, you can speak the text you want to be translated which is convenient.

After you receive the translation, you have options to hear it aloud in a male or female voice, share it, or search Bing with it. And, you can give the translation a thumbs-up or thumbs-down if you would like to provide a little feedback. This translator offers over 60 languages.

3. Translatedict

Translatedict

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On Translatedict, you can choose from over 50 languages and use auto-detect for your own dialect. Just enter your word, phrase, or a large amount of text, pick the translation language, and hit the Translate button. You’ll see the written translation and can click the sound button to hear it out loud.

If you’re using the translation in a written communication, you’ll see helpful word and character counts at the bottom. This is great for texts or social media posts where you have limited space.

Translatedict also provides areas solely for the voice translator and text-to-speech feature. Plus, you can request help with professional translations and receive quote by filling out the online form.

4. Translate.com

Translate.com

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A good translator that uses Microsoft’s service, but offers over 90 languages is Translate.com. You can use your voice or keyboard to enter the text, then read or listen to the translation.

If you believe the translation should be reviewed, you can obtain a human translation with the first 100 words free. Just click the contact icon and sign in or create an account.

5. DeepL Translator

DeepL Translator

The DeepL Translator is a really cool tool with its definitions and automatic sentence completion options. You can choose from nine languages and when you receive the translation, just double-click a word for more details.

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When you select that word in the translation, you will see a dropdown box with more options. You can also take a look at the word definition that pops up at the bottom of the page at the same time. Plus, you will see examples of the word being used in both the input and output languages. This is great if you are trying to learn the language you are translating into.

6. Babylon Online Translator

Babylon Translator

While Babylon does offer software that you can download for translations, you can also check out their online option. With over 75 languages and a simple swap option, the site may not have the bells and whistles as others but is reported to be quite accurate.

If your business situation could benefit from a professional translator, Babylon offers that service as well. Just click the Human Translation button on the online translator page and you will be directed to that section of the site for the details.

7. PROMT Online Translator

PROMT Translator

PROMT Online Translator does not offer as many languages as other translators. The list is limited to about 20 languages so far. But it does have other nice features. Use automatic language detection and even choose a topic for the translation.

You can then copy, paste, check the spelling, or access a dictionary. There is also a virtual keyboard so if you are using the site on a tablet, for example, popping in your words or sentences is simple. PROMT also offers translation software that you can purchase and download. Plus, you can order a human translation directly from OneHourTranslation.

8. Collins Dictionary Translator

Collins Translator

If you use the Collins Dictionary website for looking up definitions or synonyms, then take a look at the translator. You can input text and translate it to and from over 60 languages.

While this translator has minimal features, the translations come from Microsoft and there is a convenient copy button for the text you receive. If you are in the market for a basic translator on a site with a dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar tools, Collins Dictionary is the one for you.

9. ImTranslator

ImTranslator

ImTranslator is a great site for translations and comparisons at the same time. You can get a simple translation, back translation, and comparison between PROMT, Google, and Microsoft translators. The site offers tons of languages as it links to the other important translation services like Google too.

As extras, there are a bunch of helpful tools like the Back Translation tool which automatically translates the target text back to the original — this helps you compare for accuracy.

Take advantage of the automatic language detection, dictionary, spelling, and decoder feature with checkmarks. Or use the buttons to copy, paste, use text-to-speech, or share the translation via email. ImTranslator also provides special accent characters that include currency, math, and company symbols.

10. SpanishDict

SpanishDict

If your main translation needs are English to Spanish, the SpanishDict is ideal. Right on the main page, you can pop in the text you need translating. But what’s nice about this Spanish translator is that it includes a special character set too.

When you see the translation box, just click the arrow to expand it with accent buttons. If you have received text in Spanish and need to translate it to English, those characters come in handy. And, of course, you can translate the opposite way as well. Other good features are the definitions and examples you receive with your translation.

For more, check out the best apps for learning Spanish The 8 Best Apps to Learn Spanish Fast Looking for the best apps to learn Spanish? These great apps cover vocabulary, language immersion, and much more. Read More .

Communicating Is Easier With Online Translators

Each of these online translators gets the job done. And since they each offer something a little different or extra, try more than one to see which you like best.

For other tools, you can check out some handy mobile translation apps The 8 Best Mobile Translation Apps to Convert Any Language These excellent mobile translator apps will help you study a foreign language, have conversations in another country, and more. Read More . Or if you need to translate a whole webpage, these browser translation extensions 10 Top Browser Tools To Translate Web Pages Almost half of all the Internet is inaccessible unless you're fluent in multiple languages. So what are the best tools for translation? These ones. Read More can help.

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  1. davebarnes
    November 16, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Lingee does not appear to do Português [European] English, so it is not for me.
    Most of them do not do Euskara English, so that eliminates them.

  2. Pat Babcock
    August 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Google as #1? It limits how much text you can feed it at a time, and, even when you're below this limit: I find FAR superior translations elsewhere. I stopped using it some time ago, and have been relying on Yandex more than any other. I will try a few of the others here that I wasn't aware of, though - I just know Google's is a bit sloppy, and that limit has gotten in my way more than once, and their sloppy translations leave much to be desired... HARDLY #1 performance.

  3. Roger McKeon
    May 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Just one thing: DeepL is way, way superior to any of the others. It should definitely be #1, not # 5 :).

    • Rich
      July 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Couldn't agree more. DeepL is lightyears ahead of the rest!

  4. Tânia
    February 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I do English/Portuguese/English translations. I used google translator, but for Portuguese I find Bing Microsoft Translator to be more accurate and formal.

  5. Estella
    November 8, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Translatedict is my favorite. It is at Voice Translator https://www.translatedict.com/voice-translator.html

  6. jerky
    August 3, 2018 at 2:45 am

    for translate.com, the French translation of When will the report be finished? is totally wrong.

  7. Eric
    December 22, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Recently i had been to Germany for a meeting regarding equipment's, i was a bit worried but one of my friend suggested me to hire a translator for my legal work, so did i and it was really helpful, i would like to recommend you all HL Trad services (www.hltrad.com)for legal & financial Translations, they are really good.
    Thanks guys..

  8. Keith
    November 8, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Pity that the Microsoft Translator Bookmarklet no longer works, even though there's still a help page about it: labs.microsofttranslator.com/help/#TranslatingPagesUsingBookmarklet

  9. Kasper Knudzon
    November 8, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Try Yandex Translate for Russian. It even has a feature to translate from images, plus the regular text and voice methods.

  10. Grant
    November 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    When I learned that Google had improved substantially (but still is not perfect) I began to use it for suggestions in my translations to Spanish or to confirm what I had translated and had doubts about.
    However, really the best translator is Linguee because it shows a word, phrase, or short sentence that appears in various good translations done by others who usually are native speakers; you then can choose which one sounds best for your situation.