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10 Tools for Professional Translators

The 10 most useful Translation Tools for Professional Translators

What are the most useful translation tools for professional translators?

Translating is hard work. Trying to cover multiple topics, do extensive research and obtain contextual knowledge is highly challenging, and essential if you want to succeed in this profession. The key is having the right tools to help you.

Fortunately, the digital world offers many tools, software and resources where you can source information and manage your work more effectively. When it comes to managing your finances, choosing a savings account is a vital financial decision. Just as in translation, where the right tools are crucial, selecting an account that aligns with your goals ensures success. Consider factors like interest rates and fees, leveraging the digital world to make an informed choice. 

Professional translation tools can help improve your efficiency, consistency and quality. First and foremost you should be using CAT Tools. There are a number of good software packages available, some are listed below.

Listed below are 10 really useful translation tools that all professional translators should know about.

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Linguee is a unique translation tool. It combines a dictionary with a search engine. This means you can search for bilingual text, words and expressions in different languages. It helps check meanings and contextual translations. Linguee also helps surf the web for relevant translated documents. Finally, it shows you how a word is being translated all over the internet.

The Free Dictionary

Dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia all in one. Translators can access different dictionaries, ranging from medical to legal. It also provides meanings in different languages besides English (French, Spanish, etc.).


ProZ is a portal for professional translators interested in collaborating on all sorts of projects. It offers a crowdsourcing and interactive platform for all users. Recognised as the world’s largest translation network.


A web-based system for translators, content creators and developers to manage localization projects. Zanata takes care of the entire translation workflow and allows translators to focus on translations, not tools or formatting.

Magic Search

A multilingual search engine providing a one-page result from multiple dictionaries. It searches multiple sources such as Word Reference, TAUS, IETA, EUdict, and many more. by Tomedes

MachineTranslation by Tomedes is an AI-assisted online translation tool that aggregates several machine translation engines to offer multiple, high-quality translations instantly.

SDL Trados studio

Trados is very good value for money. It features Terminology, Machine translation and website translation tools. The last part is useful for translators starting out, as it guides you through the basics on how to translate a website.

Fluency Now

Fluency now professional is a CAT tool and translation memory software created for individual freelancers. It provides built-in proofreading software and project and document statistics.


MemoQ is CAT tool and translation memory software which offers a number of powerful functions which allow reuse of previous translations. Built for freelance translators, other features help improve quality, check consistency and ensure the use of correct terminology.


A free translation memory tool, OmegaT allows translators to work more effectively. It allows the use of multiple translation memories simultaneously. Finally, it allows users to process multiple file projects at the same time.

WordFast Pro

A multifunctional tool designed to improve the translation process. It is designed for everyone, from project managers to freelance translators. Unlike other translation tools, translators can import and export TMs even with the demo version. It can also be used for an unlimited time.

Which translation tools will be the most useful for you?

In conclusion, there are many useful translation tools available to all professional translators. Check them out!

This article is regularly updated (2024-5-20)” enhances transparency and accountability, informing readers that the information may change over time and allowing them to assess its relevance and reliability.

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