With the advent of the internet, we are more connected than ever before possible. But with people speaking thousands of different languages, there definitely exists a language barrier during communication. Dictionaries exist but they are too much of a hassle to use while during a conversation and people wanted foreign words to be translated instantly. For this reason, many translation tools exist to circumvent this problem. But which are the best tools for translation out there? Let’s take a look.
1. Google Translate:
Google is one of the biggest companies in the world and they are undoubtedly the pioneers of the free online translation tool with Google Translate. You can use this tool with the web interface or the mobile application version which exists for both IOS and Android. It is now possible to always have a translator wherever you go and are only limited by how advanced the software is. What’s more is that Google Translate has an API which can be used by developers to integrate it into their applications and browser extensions.
The team at Google unveiled Translate in April 2006 to the public and used transcript data from the European Parliament and United Nations for its backend database. It works by first converting the foreign language into English and then to the requested language. It has a simple interface and is very easy to use which makes it one of the most popular options when it comes to online translating tools.
2. Bing Translator
After the behemoth that is Google Translate, we have Bing Translate which is powered by Microsoft Translator, which is a multilingual machine translation service. This API is integrated into a plethora of products both consumer level and enterprise level. You can find it on products from Yammer, Skype, Apple and Android apart from Microsoft. You can find this translator in both a free and paid version.
What is interesting about this translator is the fact that it is data-driven and this means that developers didn’t write strict rules for translation. Instead, the system trains the algorithm to understand how parallel texts were translated when it comes to natural languages. This let the translator learn how to translate text from completely new languages much quicker.
3. Day Translator
The Day Translator was developed by Day Translation Inc. and is a free, easy-to-use translator with a similar UI to both Google and Microsoft’s offerings. But the problem with those translators is that, though fast they are not as accurate as they should be. The algorithms are still learning and it will take a while for them to get as good as a human translator. Day Translator, on the other hand, uses a database that was compiled by professional human translators in the past. This makes them much more capable in understanding context and nuance of a language and giving you effective translations. It is also free to use and currently supports 76 languages which makes it highly appealing.