Online German Translation Tool - Get a Free German Translation
Looking for a free German translation? Here's an online German translation tool you can use to translate phrases or websites. At the bottom of the page, you'll also find tips on professional translation prices and options.Some words of caution about free translation tools.
Machine translators are extremely useful for certain purposes, but are not suitable for many types of translation. They often produce results that sound strange or that even change the meaning of the original.
We therefore recommend using free German translation tools when you want to look up a word or understand the basic meaning of something written in German. But if you entrust a machine translator with anything important, you are taking a big risk.What machine translators can and can't do
Machine translators can match words in different languages. They can also follow some grammatical rules. And they may even be able to "guess" at the subject matter of a text based on the frequency of certain words. But they can't think like a human. They do not know what the text is about or whether the translation sounds good.
Here are two examples of a machine translation from a German Wikipedia article about the actress Julia Roberts. The texts have been automatically translated to English using a free language translator:
- "In Ocean's Twelve played the Robert's again role of the Tess Ocean, here its similarity with the actress Julia Robert makes itself around a robbery in a museum to accomplish. Until 2007 took again Robert after the birth of its twins 2004 a time-out of the looking plaything."
- "From 1998 to 2001 was Robert with the Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt associates. 2000 learned Robert at the set of The Mexican the cameraman Daniel decay. At this time decays still married, one year was later followed the divorce of its wife. It and Robert married on 4 July 2002."
If you are translating something to German, you probably don't want to risk sounding like that. Think twice before posting a free German translation on your website or sending it to a client. Are you sure you know what it actually says?
On the other hand, when you just want to understand the gist of a German text or website, you can't beat a machine translator for speed or convenience.
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