The Bing Web
English to Spanish Translator

There are a lot of English to Spanish translator web interfaces out there that can be used on a multitude of mobile devices. Probably the most popular is the Google translation webpage, followed by the Yahoo Babel Fish Translator.

These two translators are very popular and have helped millions of people translate words and phrases into and from many different languages. While most people know that these translators don't provide 100% accurate translations, they are able to give translation gists that can suit a lot of different purposes.

However, this article is specifically about the Bing Translator, and English to Spanish translator otherwise known as the Microsoft Translator.

The Bing Translator

The Bing translator, at it's core, is just like most other English to Spanish translator engines out there, in that it offers a translation of Spanish words, as well as words in a host of other languages, including the following:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

The setup for the translator is pretty similar to other English to Spanish translators as well. As you can see from the screenshot below, the Bing Translator presents two boxes. In the first one, you either enter the text you want translated, or the URL of a webpage that you need a translation for. Actually, this translator is a bit simpler than other translators, which is nice. Some English to Spanish translators have a separate box where you enter the URL, but I like how the Bing Translator allows you to put it in the same box where you would enter text to be translated.

Once you enter the URL of a webpage to be translated, and then hit the translate button, you are taken to a translation of the webpage you entered. One thing that is cool about the Bing Translator is that once you go to the translated page, you can choose one of four ways to view the translation:

  • You can see both the original version and the translated version side-by-side
  • You can see both the original version and translated version one on top of the other
  • You can view the original version, and then hover over each sentence or segment to get a pop-up window with the translation
  • You can view the translated version, and then hover your mouse pointer over each sentence or segment to get a pop-up window with the original version (you can see a screenshot of this below)
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Translating Normal Text

In addition to translating a specific URL, you can also use the Bing Translator to translate normal text. This method is also relatively straightforward. All you do is either type in the text you want translated, or copy and paste text into the first box. Most translators have a limit to how much text you can input, and the Bing Translator is no different.

I pasted in a copy of the entire text of Pride and Prejudice (a favorite of my wife) and even though I was able to paste the whole text into the text box, when I clicked the translate button, only the first chapter and a half were translated. So if you're looking to have an entire text translated, you will have to do it in segments because it's got a limit to what it will translate.

Another feature of the Bing English to Spanish Translator is that you can have the translation be spoken out loud back to you. I pasted in a paragraph from this page, had it translated into Spanish and then had is spoken out loud. The voice was pretty good, and the sentence cadence along with the accent was better than I expected. However, the voice didn't speak the whole translation, and instead stopped after only two or three sentences. So there must be a limit on the size of the voice file that speaks the translation.

In addition, once you have your text translated, you can decide whether the translation is good, bad, or offensive. However, if you're having a text translated because you don't know the target language, I'm not sure how qualified you would be to decide if the translation was good or not. I guess if you're translating from an unknown language into your native language, you could decide whether the native language was good, but that wouldn't necessarily mean that the translation is good or bad, just that the native language output is standard or not.

Additional Bing Language Tools

Bing doesn't limit its translator to a mere translation of Spanish words or other language pairs; instead, like its Google and Yahoo counterparts it offers developer tools as well as tools for webmasters, so that a translation widget can be added easily to any web page. This translator also has a special page for mobile users so that that people on the go can translate webpages and other text whenever they have the need. In addition, Bing has what Microsoft calls their Microsoft Translator Tbot, which is the following, according to the Bing site:

Tbot is an automated buddy that provides translations for Windows Live Messenger. It was first launched in 2008 as a prototype and has since become immensely popular. You can have one-on-one conversations with Tbot or invite friends who speak different languages with Tbot translating for you.

I don't use Microsoft Messenger, so I'm not sure how this tool compares to other instant chat translators, but if anyone has used this translator, I'd love to know, as I'm sure others would as well.

All in all, the Bing Translator is a good addition to the online translation engine field. Who knows if it will become as popular as Google's English to Spanish translator or Yahoo's Babel Fish, but in my limited tests, it seemed to stack up well enough against the other two, at least in terms of features an being able to provide a decent translation of Spanish.

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