Machine Translation

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Machine Translation is defined by the European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT), ‟an organization that serves the growing community of people interested in MT and translation tools, including users, developers, and researchers of this increasingly viable technology”, one of three regional associations of the International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT), as follows:

Machine translation (MT) is the application of computers to the task of translating texts from one natural language to another. One of the very earliest pursuits in computer science, MT has proved to be an elusive goal, but today a reasonable number of systems are available which produce output which, if not perfect, is of sufficient quality to be useful in a number of specific domains.

Nowadays, apart from standard or professional software, there is an increasing number of online tools available for free, which provide various quality automated translations, for example:

  • Babylon
    Translation by Babylon is a free online version of Babylon's translation software.
  • Bing Translator
    A free online translator from Microsoft
  • Google Translate
    Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between dozens of different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of supported languages.
  • Reverso
    Free online translation, dictionary, conjugation, grammar
  • SDL FreeTranslation
    Free translation website allowing to translate web pages and text into different languages.
  • Voila Traducteur
    Online text and web page translation services
  • WorldLingo
    Worldingo is a pioneer in the field of online translation. Worldlingo was the first company to sell online translation services powered by machine translation. This included email translation, website translation and text translation. Worldlingo was also the company that powered text translation in early versions of Microsoft Office, before MS started to use their own MT.
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