What is the Best Online Translation Service?

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Category: Translate
Last Updated: January 7, 2021
By: Rana Hamodah

In this day and age, everyone is connected virtually through the Internet. The spread of ideas and information has never been faster than it is now. Naturally, this comes with challenges, one of which is the language barrier between people and cultures.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go through years of language training to be able to communicate and understand a foreign language. Translation has come a long way, and you have the internet and its wealth of resources to help you with your translation needs.

The question is: Who and where do you go to get quality translation services online? We’ve got you covered because we have ranked only the best to help you talk to a new foreign friend, read that interesting article or watch that foreign movie, all within a few clicks.

#1 – Calgary Translation Services

Who better to translate than real, human interpreters and translators in Canada? They have got you covered with a team of 3,400 hand-picked and industry-standard native speakers of over 100+ languages around the world with over 25 years of translation experience.

From SEO, Medical to Legal Translations, they cover a wide spectrum of translation services. They guarantee 100% error-free translations, all of which go through a tedious quality assurance process. This is all done within faster turnaround times than most competitors – a quick 2-3 business days compared to others with 5-9 business day turnaround times.

If you’re in Calgary, they can even provide mobile interpretation and translation services.

#2 – Google Translate

As one of the most popular translation services on the Internet, Google Translate is at its best for your quick translation needs. It’s free for everyone to use and provides for over 100 languages.

There are also a variety of input methods, such as voice and handwriting and automatically detects most languages you input. This means you don’t have to go through their wide selection of languages just to find the language you want to translate.

Although popular and convenient, Google Translate, like most other automated online translation services, does not read into context and does not provide culturally appropriate translations all the time. It is at its best for direct and simple translations.

#3 – Bing Microsoft Translator

Another popular online translation service is Bing Microsoft Translator. Powered by Microsoft, this translation service has an attractive and intuitive interface that provides for over 60 languages.

It has most of the features that Google Translate has, along with a few additions that might fancy your needs. Features such as feedback and suggestions help the translator create more accurate translations in the future.

It even has the “Conversation” feature which allows you to create chat rooms and interact with other invited people who might speak or write in a different language and Microsoft Translator instantly translates all voice and text messages for you.

Like other translation platforms, the Bing Microsoft Translator thrives with direct translations and cannot be used to translate legal and professional documents.

#4 – Yandex Translate

Yandex Translate provides text translations, similar to the previous online translation services, but what sets it apart is its ability to also translate images and websites, all within a simple and easy-to-use interface.

Features such as spelling check for different languages, voice input and translation feedback are also great additions to an already powerful online translation service.

With its support for over 90+ languages, Yandex Translate is one of the best choices for multimedia translations.

#5 – DeepL Translator

DeepL Translator is the newest (and youngest) online translation service on this list, but don’t let its age fool you. It has been known to provide better translations than some of the most popular online translation services, such as Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.

DeepL is short for Deep Learning, which is the technology behind the translator. It uses artificial intelligence, which essentially “learns” from each user to make future translations even better.

With features such as the drag-and-drop feature for Microsoft Word and Powerpoint files, and the ability to read into some context, it is one of the best up and coming online translation services today.

Although great with translations, it can only provide for 11 languages (at the time this article was written). The free version may also be too limited, depending on your translation needs.

With the help of the internet, you never really have to leave the comfort of your own home to get professional, and quick translations done. Within a few clicks, you can get documents, messages, videos, and even songs translated within seconds.

About the author

Rana Hamodah

As a migrant to Canada, Rana understands the challenges newcomers face and how access to information can help ease the transition.

Her two Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and Literature and Translation paired with her Masters in Education and her candidacy for a Ph.D. in Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EDD) at the university of British Columbia make her uniquely qualified in ethnocultural communications. She is a Commissioner for Oath and can administer oaths and take, receive, and attest affidavits, affirmations and declarations. Currently, she is also pursuing her Immigration Consultant Certificate.