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Hi
Can somebody recommend the best online translation tool please.  
How does Altavista's Babelfish rate?

I'm after the best one out there.
Thanks
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by:Sinoj Sebastian
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Have you ever tried
http://translate.google.com/translate_t
I would not say it is the best, but it fast improving.
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by:Engineer_JO
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try to use the translator in the following link. i see that it is good:
http://www.online-translator.com/text.asp#tr_form

I hope you to find the best one
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In my personal opinion Babelfish is the best, and I use it a lot.
Hope this helps.
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by:Onthrax
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Personally I almost always use Intertran. Hasn't let me down so far and can translate up to 30 languages.

Only disadvantage is it can be slow from time to time depending on how many people are requesting a translation.

URL: http://intertran.tranexp.com/Translate/result.shtml
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Google                   [ditto]
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by:Lady_M
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Thanks for all the suggestions everybody.  I usually use Babelfish too, but it's interesting to try the others, they do translate text differently.
Does anyone know anything about the software they each use and how those compare? In other words, do they learn?  Is one morelikely to lead the market in the future?
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Lady_M:

Being honest, I have tried a few alternatives, and most of them produce similar results (but depending on which you are translating to and from). I guess it is personal preference in terms of what is the 'best', in this case i find babelfish very easy to use, but all others are quite good too.
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thanks for the points !!
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Thanks, it works for me

For which is best, it may depend on the data, such as for technical work, web oriented - popular, or book by major publisher with good editing of text ahead of time. Among the things I like about google is their spell-checker aspect, namely, ability to find the more common spelling of something. While that could allow them to try to interpret meanings based on hit rate of some 'probable' spelling (and then correcting or adjusting) I do not know if they do, but they do employ some level of context checking and probably/popularity in their model. Some not mentioned here stick to word by word translations, and get it very wrong, as words can have more than one meaning.
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