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Translation is the creation of a common understanding between languages (either by unabridged or abridged means to mapping concepts such as words, relationships, nouns, adjectives, verbs, tenses, particles, pauses, emphasis, cultural references, etc). Core aspects of understanding typically required for an effective translation process include:

  1. conversion (from one language or communication system to another)
  2. communication (effective reading, writing, verbal discussion, or some other form of signal exchange)
  3. comprehension (understanding the message, its context and the intent of the communicator)


Google Translate

Service works across 18 major languages and includes an API for accessing remotely from non-Google websites and applications.

BCmoney Subtitling

Skype Translator


  • SpeechTrans: | [ API] | [ DOCS]
  • SpeechTrans - series 1 funding:


A service previously owned by AltaVista, then AOL, and finally Yahoo! (as of Aug, 2009).


The best translation service for words and short phrases in Western Languages, including (bi-directional):

  1. English
  2. French (Français)
  3. Spanish (Español)
  4. Portuguese (Português)
  5. Italian (Italiano)
  6. German (Deutsch)

Also, growing support for the following languages:

  1. Polish (Polski)
  2. Russian (Русский)
  3. Romanian (Română)
  4. Czech (Čeština)
  5. Greek (Ελληνικά)
  6. Turkish (Türkçe)
  7. Japanese (日本語 --> 英和辞書)
  8. Chinese-Mandarin (英汉词典)
  9. Korean (영-한 / 사전)
  10. Arabic (قاموس إنجليزي - عربي)

The user community (Spanish in particular) is especially strong and supportive, and tend to answer almost any language-translation, grammar, vocabulary, or comprehension-related question extremely quickly.


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External Links


  1. Microsoft makes available preview of Skype Translator:
  2. Duolingo API (unofficial SDK) for Python:
  3. Does anybody know if there is a Duolingo API available?
  4. Yahoo!'s original re-branded BabelFish site:

See Also

Internationalization | WordNet | Subtitles | Captions | NLP | Language | A11Y