Google Translate may be the most famous language platform for translating texts, but it’s not the only one to offer free conversions of words and phrases from one language to another. There are several alternatives to the Google solution that can be more useful in different scenarios, such as to obtain synonyms, better context information or offline operation on the computer. Here are five free alternatives for translating text and documents in the browser or into apps for PC and mobile.
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The Microsoft Translator translator is a competitor of Google Translate that can work on the web and offline using mobile and computer applications. The software is free and supports over 60 languages, allowing you to translate both text and photos, screen prints and even voice messages, depending on the language. On the web, the resource is hosted on Bing, at ww.bing.com/translator.
Microsoft Translator supports over 60 languages - Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
DeepL (deepl.com/translator) is a free translation service that works with neural networks, just like Google Translate. The technology allows you to deliver more natural-looking language conversions, especially in long and more complex sentences. It supports English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Polish and Russian. However, the translator is only available in the web version, without a PC or mobile application.
DeepL uses neural networks to improve long translations – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Linguee (linguee.com) is a language dictionary that can be useful when it is necessary to translate only specific words. Despite being compatible only with Portuguese in Portugal, its versatility to show synonyms can help to build texts in other languages. In addition to the web version, the service has apps for Android and iPhone (iOS).
Linguee has an integrated thesaurus – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
ReversoTranslation (reverso.net/text_translation.aspx) is an online translation platform compatible with 13 languages, including Portuguese. Its main differential is to offer a list of phrases using translated words to show how the term can be applied in different contexts. In addition to a word translator, Reverso has a tool for converting entire documents from one language to another.
Reverso shows phrases to contextualize translated words – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
The Babylon dictionary has a powerful language translation tool that works on your computer. The software works offline and is already integrated with famous dictionaries such as Oxford, Britannica and Merriam-Webster. The program is compatible with 77 languages, has interaction with Office and allows you to convert entire documents with one click.
Babylon translator works offline on the computer – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
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