Top 10 Online Translation Services

I often use Google Translate to translate Chinese into English, or to translate English into Chinese, and one day I just wonder if there are any other online translation services that like Google Translate.

Later, I find out that the answer is yes, there are really other similar and free online translation services for you to translate your text from one language to another. And among those free online translation services, I think below 10 are the best, of course, including Google Translation.

1. BabelXL

BabelXL is powered by Google and supports 52 languages. You can active the virtual keyboards, select one and enter your text, or you can just copy and paste the text, which will be automatically detected and translated into your target languages. The translation result can be sent to Twitter easily through twuit.com.

Check out BabelXL

2. Frengly

The online translation service Freegly supports 34 languages, your input text will be automatically detected, virtual keyboards are available. Just enter your text, and select your target language, then you are done.

Check out Frengly

3. Google Translate

Google Translate has supported 54 languages up till now. You can enter text or a webpage URL, or even upload a document, Google Translate can do the rest, but it won’t auto-detect your input text until you select Translate from Detect language.

Check out Google Translate

4. Nice Translator

Nice Translator is also an online translation service powered by Google, supporting 51 languages. Your input text will be auto-detected, when you select the translator, your text will be translated automatically. You can translate your text into multiple languages in the same web page.

Check out Nice Translator

5. PROMT Translator

PROMT Translator supports text translation and webpage translation. The text translator supports 7 languages, including English, German, Russia, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. The website translator supports 4 languages, including English, German, Russia and Spanish.

Check out PROMT Translator

6. SDL Free Translation

Most services of SDL Free Translation is not free, but your can translate your text into 34 languages for free with 10,000 words at a time, and you can translate a webpage into 7 languages (but excluding Chinese). This free online translation is also powered by Google.

Check out SDL Free Translation

7. SYSTRANet

As a free online translation service, SYSTRANet supports 14 languages, you can enter and translate up to 3,000 words per time, and you can also translate a web page into another language.

Check out SYSTRANet

8. Tradukka

Tradukka is such a website from which you can translate the language in real time, your text will be translated while you are typing. Tradukka supports 52 languages, and lets you translate up to 5,000 characters at a time.

Check out Tradukka

9. WorldLingo

The online translation service WorldLingo supports 31 languages, you can translate your text, a document file, or a website, and you can also translate your email and send to your friends directly, but for free account, you can only translate 500 words a time.

Check out WorldLingo

10. Yahoo! Babel Fish

Yahoo! Babel Fish supports 11 languages, and you can enter 150 words per time, but there is no words limit when you translate a web page.

Check out Yahoo! Babel Fish

Among the above 10 online translation services, I often use Google Translate, but sometimes use Tradukka? Which one is your favorite? Or do you have any other similar online translation services? Share with us by adding a comment.

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14 Comments

  1. Posted March 16, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    If what you need is to have a basic understanding of a text or just get the gist, these services can deliver. If you need something precise or well written to communicate with a client, a human translator is still the way to go. Here’s an example of a phrase translated by Google Translate into Spanish:

    Country Music Hall of Fame > El Vestíbulo de la Música Country de la Fama

    Now, back to English:

    El Vestíbulo de la Música Country de la Fama > The Vestibule of the Country Music of the Fame

  2. Young
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    @Janine Yes, you are right, the best translator is human being, not machine.

  3. Nicky Hajal
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Hey there,

    Thanks for including Nice Translator, I was one of the developers on the project.

    We have seen that Janine is very right. Though many of our users love the interface, they have a lot of trouble with the translations.

    Right now we are working on a service for human translations called lingio (ling.io). If either of you are multilingual, feel free to submit a beta request!

    -Nicky

  4. Ronaldo
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I use http://www.sms-translator.net/ every time I need free translation. It’s good to know I have a translator on my phone.

  5. Mat
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Have anyone try http://traduz.co ? it’s a nice and clean translator like tradukka.

  6. George
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Which one is the best for hands free bulk translation? Free or not

  7. Young
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    @All the translation services mentioned in the post are free, I don’t know what “bulk translation” mean, but I prefer to use Google Translate and Tradukka.

  8. George
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    What I meant is translating files in batches, all I have to do is upload them and the program will queue them and translate one by one.

    I have found GlobalSight, for machine translation it uses Google, PROMT or MS Translator (open source). While Systran is paid.

  9. Young
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    @George I see, it will be easier and faster if a translation service can translate multiple files in batches, wish there will be free online translation services to do that in future.

  10. macpherson
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Is there a FREE way to have my emails I get on Yahoo translated from Italian to English?

  11. Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

     @macpherson I think any of the 10 free online translation services are available for you to translate Italian to English, though you can’t do that inside your Yahoo! Mail.

  12. macpherson
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Dear Young, Thanks very much for replying. I get a lot of emails from Italy and I was hoping I could find something that would automatically translate them for free. Oh well. Thanks anyway, Macpherson

  13. Sundly
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    For me, best ones are only those with best translation and least adds.
    My favorities: 
    http://www.freetranslations.org 
    http://www.spanishenglish.com

  14. staceyp
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    macpherson  yes, you can visit http://www.freetranslations.org/italian-to-english-translation.html