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Some would argue that there's not as much of a need to learn a language today when you have apps that can translate words, or speech-to-text, in real time.

You have apps like Google Translate that have done so for several years. You have a new Apple Translate app that's coming out in a few months. You even have earphones that can translate on the spot.

For one or two sentences, you don't have an issue. But when it comes time to translate long documents into another language, why is Google Translate so terrible?

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Fluently 💬

Fluently translation feature

Instead of jumping right into uses, let me start by simply telling you what this is. Fluently is nothing more than a text editor. You're familiar with text editors already, aren't you? Your Microsoft Words, your notepads or various "notes" apps. So what makes Fluently tech-letter worthy?

Built in features.

Currently only available in beta mode, for your laptop/computers, the first main feature is the multi-translator.

If your history is anything like mine, there have been more than a handful of times where I've had to translate entire documents I find online, whether for work or school. As I mentioned above, apps like Google Translate do a good job of translating a few sentences; but when it comes to entire documents, it's awful. To the point where the document doesn't even make sense anymore.

Fluently offers a real-time translation feature, accounting for over 50 languages. There are two ways you can put this to use.

Fluently translation from English to Spanish

Your first option is starting from scratch, just like a normal translation app. As I mentioned above, Fluently is ultimately just a text-editor. So you can go ahead and add headings, fonts, font sizes, and all that fun stuff. But as an added advantage, you can translate to an arsenal of different languages on the spot. 

The example above is text translation from English to Spanish, based on text I entered. Option two (2) is uploading a document you already have on your computer, and going through the same process. Fluently automatically detects the language and lets you choose the end-translation.

Note that at the bottom of the image, you even have a word/character count, and file size if you choose to export! Which brings me to the next feature: exporting

This isn't revolutionary, but it is convenient. This web-app lets you export your newly translated documents into a variety of formats (.doc, .pdf, and so on).

Fluently's dictionary feature

More features! A built-in dictionary and thesaurus. Regardless of if you're trying to understand a word or its uses in your native language or the one you're translating in, Fluently allows you to define it on the spot as opposed to opening yet another Google search to figure out definitions. You can even choose to translate specific parts of documents.

Since Fluently is still in beta, there's a lot that you might not be able to do (so... limited functionality). But if you sign up (for free) or provide feedback, the creators let you have a little more to-do on their app! 

Features that are coming to Fluently soon include:

Being able to co-write with other team members (like on Google Docs), compare documents side by side (split screen), and more. 

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P.S. Fluently is a web-app, which is why you might see me refer to it as an "app" throughout this tech-letter.

Websites are accessible through browsers (as you're already used to) and present a lot of static content, i.e. content that doesn't update dynamically; so a lot of text, images, and so on. Websites are mostly one-way traffic, a web designer displays content for the user to view. The Tech-Letter website is just that, a website. I display static content on there-- content that I manually have to update every time I send out a new tech-letter.

Web apps, on the other hand, have more functionality, and the ability to let users interact a lot more. You already use web apps on a daily basis. These include YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and so on. So in the case of Fluently, it is a software application designed to be displayed on the web (meaning, you need a browser and internet to access it, just like any other website).

Price? Free to use (beta)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format? Web App ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ditch Google Translate for your documents!
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