Free online Spanish translation tools often produce poor-quality results, and can only be used when an internet connection is available. Paying someone to translate Spanish is likely to provide the best results, but is costly. A third option with a middle level of cost and output quality is to purchase Spanish language translation software for your computer. Read on for details on some software titles of this type and where you can buy them…
A few software packages are only for translating Spanish, but most also translate other languages, which is more cost-effective if you want to be able to translate words from multiple languages. An example of a Spanish-only translator is the Spanish version of “Lexicon Translation Dictionary”; it is available on CompUSA.com, only requires Windows 95 or later, and can translate 65,000 different words. “Translate Instant Spanish” (for Windows 98/2000/XP/NT) is another translator program which is specific to this particular language. On the other hand, “QuickStart Multilingual Dictionary” translates Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian words. Some other examples of multi-language translators with this language include “EasyTranslator 4” and “Instant Immersion Translator Deluxe.”
In addition to the language quantity, the number of different words it can translate varies from one translation program to another. Not all software packages indicate this number; when they do, it generally ranges from 25-75 thousand words. System requirements for language translation software generally aren’t very high, but should still be checked. Most translation software is for Windows 98 and up, but it is possible (although more difficult) to find it for Windows 95, 3.x, or Macintosh computers. Some programs have special translation features, like being able to automatically translate foreign language websites appearing in your web browser, or translating online instant messages.
Software for language translation is available at a number of online shopping websites and eBay.com auctions. The cost of such software generally ranges from about $15 to $80 dollars. Office Depot stores sell a software package called “Power Translator 11 Premium” which covers twenty-one languages, including Spanish. Translation software which only covers this language is difficult to find in stores.
An alternative is to purchase a device which is dedicated to Spanish translation, such as the Franklin Electronic Spanish/English Dictionary; these are available online and at a number of stores, like Target, Radio Shack, and OfficeMax. Some electronic organizers and PDAs include Spanish translation features, but many of them have rather rudimentary capabilities.