Where do you go when you need a quick translation to another language? A friend or a foreign language dictionary? Now, 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.
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.
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.
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.
SDL Free Translation offers about 45 languages for simple translations. You can then listen to the translation, copy it, share it, or print it easily. And, you can enable the Instant Translation feature to receive the translated text as you are typing it.
Its document translation ability is the standout feature. Even though this is a paid feature, you can upload a document from your computer quickly and then see the price for the translation. If you have a lengthy document that you need translating in a hurry, this paid service might be worth the money.
A good translator that uses Microsoft’s service, but offers over 100 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.
The DeepL Translator is a really cool tool with its definitions and automatic sentence completion options. You can choose from seven languages and when you receive the translation, just double-click a word for more details.
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.
While Babylon does offer software that you can download for translations, you can also check out their online option. With approximately 30+ 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.
PROMT Online Translator does not offer as many languages as other translators.The list is limited to 16 languages so far. But it does have other nice features. Use the 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.
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 30 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.
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.
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.
Which Translator Do You Like Best?
Do you use one of these online translators or do you have a different one that you find to be the best? Maybe you prefer to use one of the many mobile apps available for translation, purchase translation software, or use browser tools instead of free online sites. Let us know which translator is your go-to tool in the comments below.