Translation Sites

Free Online Translation

These sites perform automated translation of short amounts of text and are helpful for understanding foreign market websites or replies from foreign magazine editors written in their language. Warning: These sites don’t even come close to providing perfect translations, so do NOT try to translate your stories or even your cover letters! If you need to be convinced of how bad an idea that is, try translating their versions back into English, and you'll see how mangled it can be. Not the best way to make a first impression.

Babel Fish – Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Translation Guide – Translates into or from English for a huge range of languages: Arabic , Brazilian , Bulgarian , Chinese , Croatian , Czech , Danish , Dutch , Esperanto , Finnish , French , German , Greek , Hungarian , Icelandic , Italian , Japanese , Korean , Latin , Norwegian , Polish , Portuguese , Romanian , Russian , Serbian , Slovenian , Spanish , Swedish , Turkish or Welsh.

Lexicool Online Translation – Ever so many free online translation engines accumulated into one page. Engines for Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, as well as links to online translation resources for Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Armenian, Slovene, Catalan, Indonesian, Esperanto, Farsi, Bulgarian, Hungarian.

Systran Translation Software site – Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

Google translation page – Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

FreeTranslation.Com – Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Dictionary.com Translation site – another online translation engine

Resource Central – Links to ever so many translations sites and resources


Japanese Translation Sites

Jeffrey's Japanese-English Dictionary – Excellent resource for Japanese translations, including Kanji characters Stock Kanji – Kanji calligraphy site providing translation feature from English into Japanese and Kanji


Language Identifiers

Not sure what language you're trying to translate? Try one of these sites. Just enter the text of the unknown language and it will give you its best guess.

Translated Labs

What Language is This?

Open Xerox Language Identifier


Foreign Dictionaries

Travlang’s Translating Dictionaries – Handles a lot of languages (even Esperanto), but only one word at a time.

Yourdictionary.com – Translation dictionaries for more than 280 languages. Plus links to several translation engines and sites for large text passages.


Other Resources

LexiCool – primarily a directory of "all" the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. It is a resource intended for translators, linguists, language students and all those interested in foreign languages.

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