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Can someone please recommend a good translator. My partner is Spanish and although her English is not bad ( My Spanish is non existent ) she does like to use a translator at times. The one she has is a free one and murders everything she says. Is there a good one?

Quite happy to pay for one.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Hi, all online translators ingame or on the net are still more word-wise. Translate a full sentence and keep the whole meaning, we are far from the Star Trek Universal Translator even with written words.

Take the opportunity and learn spanish and your partner improves on english.

Monti

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Adding to the previous answer, I'd recommend your partner to use her best possible Spanish (no contractions, no SMS speak, and certainly NO bad grammar) when using the translator, and to try avoiding too many native idioms. While I agree that no currently available online translator makes a great job, it's been my observation that by far most of the 'failures' in translation stem from the person simply not writing anywhere near properly, often failing to translate even isolated words because the translator can't even recognize them in the first place.

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Thanks for the input. I was hoping there was a better one than the free ones. I got 9/100 for French at school. They suggested I try something other than languages. LOL I am picking up a few words and her English is way better than the translators. Thing is I can always tell when she is thinking in English and when she is thinking in Spanish and then translating, but she is a wonderful woman and I would not swap her for the world. Guess I'll just have to push my Spanish a bit, but I find this one of the most wonderful things about SL. One big global community.

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Steve Oval wrote:

Can someone please recommend a good translator. My partner is Spanish and although her English is not bad ( My Spanish is non existent ) she does like to use a translator at times. The one she has is a free one and murders everything she says. Is there a good one?

The free Metanomics translator, or the built-in translator in Firestorm work as well as any I've seen. As others have pointed out, there's skill involved in communicating with a translator. It's almost like you have to learn to speak "translator": Perfect spelling, simple grammar, short sentences, efficient punctuation, and a lot of practice.

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