- Google Translate is free and easy to use, and is constantly getting better thanks to recent innovations in understanding natural language through technology.
- Attempts to translate practically every popular language out there.
- You have the ability to either translate a piece of text, a document via OCR file-upload or a whole webpage/website given a URL.
- Language is usually selected automatically which is handy if you don't know the language you're translating from.
- Integrated into Google Chrome so if you're browsing a website and Google Translate detects that it is in a different language, it will automatically offer to translate for you without the need to refresh or manually enter the URL in to the Google Translate website. Even works when you're logged in to a site.
- Has a commercial translation API available.
- Translation accuracy can vary. For more popular languages like English, French, Spanish, German for example the translations are often very good, however for smaller languages (Like Yiddish), it's often not as good.
- While useful for quick and dirty translations, will likely never be an alternative to a real, human translator.
- Translation API is not free to use (however it is inexpensive for casual uses).
If you're looking for quick and free translations online of text and websites, there's no better place to look than the market leader, Google Translate. Just don't go in expecting miracles.
Allows me to attempt to read content from foreign sources without having to actually know the origin language. Allows me to communicate with people who speak other languages online easily.