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Online translation programs

Alta Vista's BabelFish
One of the first online translations services; it remains one of the premier online translation facilities and it covers quite a range of languages. This is the place to start. The facility is powered by Systran, which you can also purchase and download from this site for use on your PC.

Translation Agency
Offer free website translation and free translation services

Free Translation Online
A very nice, easy-to-use online translation program that covers the main languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Portuguese)! It is one of the better interfaces around.

Foreign Word
This site offers an online machine translation facility, where you can enter the text you want translated and the program translates the text into the language of your choice. A nice, easy to use service - worth a try.

A simple, uncluttered online translation program. Not fancy, but it covers quite a few languages, including Japanese, Chinese. Korean, Dutch, Greek, Italian, etc. A good place to start.

WorldLingo e-mail translations
This is another e-mail translation service from WorldLingo, except that it is free. With this service, you can create an e-mail online and then send it to a specific person. When you create the e-mail it is automatically translated and the translated e-mail is sent to the recipient. This means that the recipient has no choice and only receives the already translated e-mail, which may not be ideal. Still it remains a useful tool for the odd occasion that you need to translate an e-mail for sending.

Let's start with a home-based service. Using Interpret you can translate not only from English, but also from other local languages such as Afrikaans, Sotho and Xhosa. Target languages include French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Danish and Spanish. You can translate pieces of text, whole web sites and whole e-mails. Keep it up guys!

This is specialised translation service that offers both online and human translation services. The online translation facility is free and easy to use. In addition, they offer a website translation service that enables you to enter a website created in another language and to have that translated into English. In addition, they offer professional human translation services at US$0.10 per word.

Promt is another online service that you can use to translate text, web pages and e-mails. It only covers seven languages though (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese and Italian). There are also software products for sale. Registration is available - for free - to access more advanced features. Worth a try!

Word2Word's list of online translators - A nice collection of online translators out of the mainstream. If you're looking for a way-out language, this list may cover it.

Like the name says, this service is aimed more at the traveller, but offers similar services to all the other online translators.

Online dictionaries

There may come a time when you need to look up just a single word or short phrase (in English or in any other language). For this, a dictionary is likely to suffice. What is more, the translators referred to above, only work for a limited number of major languages, but what about Hindi, Indonesian or Korea. Most of the languages in the world are covered by the dictionaries provided below. Browse through them to find the one best suited to your needs.

More than 280 dictionaries, supported by glossaries, language courses, and other features.

A simple service focusing on French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

A useful dictionary with plenty of additional facilities.

201 languages listed!

Paderborn University
Maintains an odd list of dictionaries (try it if you can't find anything else).

Translation programs

Foreign Word
In addition to offering an online machine translation service, Foreign Word offers a freely downloadable software program - Xanadu - that can translate your text into 70 languages - sounds like a great tool.

World Language
This is a site where you can purchase translation software. If you are doing regular business with a particular country, then this investment might be worth it. The site offers 359 translation products available in 33 languages.

This is the company that powers most of the other online services. They offer a range of software products for use in small businesses to large enterprises. Need the best software? This is the site to visit.

International translators

Appolonaris Nyamdzeka
French/English translation services .

Asma Asfour
Arabic/English translation services.

BizEurope Translators Guide
This page provides a list of translators' associations around the world. If you are looking for a human translator somewhere in the world, this is a good page on which to start your search.

A US-based service. Click to send them the file to be translated. They will send you a quote and if accepted, you pay, they translate and voila!

Provides a list of human translators. May be worth a try?

Mireille Cardoso
French/English translation services.

Online Language Translators
Need a source of translations into a wide range of foreign language? Try this site - they claim to over human translations into 70 different languages. Remember, this is a US company, so the fees may be high.

Translation Agency - Offer translation services.

Translators Base
Need to find a translator or translation services, try this site. It maintains a worldwide database of translators (including a few in South Africa).

Access a list of translators around the world according to subject, country or language.

World Lingo
Another US-based service that provides translations in 141 languages - beat that if you can. They make use of translators around the world.




Translation resources

This is a site that offers links to 201 language resources. Some of these are online translation facilities, while others simply contain a list of commonly used words. It remains a good resource, however.

WorldLingo Glossary
An excellent site for a glossary of terms that are used in the world of online translation.

Their services include free text, document, website and email translators, and they also offer professional services.

World Language statistical facts
A great source of interesting language facts and figures.

Subject dictionaries
Do you need to make use of specialised subject dictionaries? Try this list. It covers a range of subject areas.

WorldLingo e-mail translations
WorldLing offers a pay-for e-mail translation facility that allows your readers to translate your e-mail into any one of 12 different languages with a 75% accuracy; enough for them to get the gist of the e-mail. When they receive your e-mail they can select the language in which they would like to read the e-mail by clicking on the language option that accompanies the e-mail message. The e-mail is then automatically translated into their language of choice. The advantage of this system is that they receive the original e-mail written in English and if their English is good enough, they can read it without translating it. If, however, they do not understand English, they can choose to have the e-mail translated, but this remains their choice.

Language automation
This site provides a large number of dictionaries; some online, some just common words. In addition, there are also links to technical dictionaries. Quite a comprehensive listing, but it still requires quite a bit of browsing to get what you want.

ESL Desk
Another source of online dictionaries, translator programs, glossaries and more. Can't help yourself elsewhere; give this site a whorl.

Translation Experts
This US-based company offers a range of products which include computer translation software, as well as PDA translation software. They also offer human translations if required.

This site offers a range of 100 links to online translators and machine translation programs. This is quite a good source of translation links.

Foreign Word offers a translation and language search engine. Looking for something to do with translations or languages, give this search engine a try.

Translating Services Portal
This portal provides lists of sites that provide translating services

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