Automatic Dutch Translator: Get a Free Dutch Translation
Looking for a free Dutch translation? Here's an automatic Dutch translator you can use to translate texts or websites. At the bottom of the page, you'll also find information about prices and options for professional translation services.
Caution: machine translators are free, fast, and convenient. However, they are not recommendable for every situation.When to use a machine translator:
- For yourself: to find out in general the meaning of something written in Dutch
- As a dictionary, to check the spelling of a Dutch word you already know
- To help you find your way around a Dutch language website
- To help double-check that a professional Dutch translation is complete and that the translator didn't forget any part of the document
When not to use a machine translator:
- Do not use a machine translator for anything you are going to publish, send to a client, or where a big mistake could be a problem.
Machine translators are basically advanced dictionaries. They know how to replace a word in one language with a word in another language, but they don't understand meaning.
Often, there is more than one possible meaning of a word. Think of the word "train," which can mean "to teach" or can refer to railroad cars. If a free language translator finds the word "train" in a sentence, it will not necessarily choose the right meaning. This can lead to a nonsense translation or one that says something totally different than the original.
Furthermore, machine translators are not able to construct sentences the same way a human can. Although they may follow some grammatical rules, the results often sound awkward or even bizarre.
What can go wrong with a machine translation?
Here's part of a Dutch Wikipedia article about the actress Jennifer Aniston, which has been translated to English using a popular online Dutch translator:
"Aniston married on 29 July 2000 with Brad turn in. They were coupled in 1998, by their managers. The couple separated on 2 October 2005. Although they drove none talents for their separation, that it said them do nothing had with what in the gossip press was written. For their separation in the gossip press it was speculated that the cross-belt would separate because turns in already children would want."
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