Thursday, July 9, 2020

Helpful Translation Tools

Working in a foreign country is not always easy. Because of the language barrier, one cannot always express his/her thoughts and opinions effectively. Good thing there are online translation tools that help us get the work done faster and easier. 

There are three tools that I always find useful when searching for the right words or when translating sentences from German to English and vice versa. 

1. Linguee - I love this translation dictionary not only because it gives several synonyms but also because it gives various examples of how the words are used in a sentence and its translated version. I have always used this when doing translation work for a food and beverage database and it has definitely made my job easier. 

2. Google Translate - Let us all admit it, google translate is the "go-to" website when it comes to translating from one language to another. Google translate has also improved a lot in the last few years, making better translations. So yes, I also find it very helpful. It is very easy to use, just type in or 'copy + paste' the words or sentences that you want translated and it automatically detects the language you want to translate. All you need to do next is select the language you want it translated to and you are done! 

3. DeepL - this is also another free online translating tool similar to Google Translate. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to understand and translate texts. But what's great about this tool is that it can also translate an entire document (in Word or Powerpoint format). For now, it supports the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. I have read many great reviews about this translating tool, surpassing Google Translate so this one is really worth the try!

Do you also know other free online translation tools? What are your experiences about it? Is it any good? Please leave me a comment about it. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Smartphone Friendly Gloves

It's winter. The temps are below zero and you have been waiting at the bus stop for more than fifteen minutes now. Your freezing cold. Thankfully, you didn't forget to wear your beanie and your gloves. Suddenly, your phone rings. You want to ignore but sees that it's an important call that you need to take. So you have no choice but to remove your gloves so you can answer your phone. The call takes about five minutes. After that, your hands are so cold and numb you can't feel them anymore. 

Familiar eh? Do you ever find it annoying whenever you have to remove your gloves just to answer a text message or a call from your smartphone? But there's now a solution to this dilemma: smartphone friendly gloves that allow you to use your smartphone without having to remove them. I found these really nice touchscreen friendly gloves at and I just thought: this would  be perfect for the husband.

And there's a pair that's perfect for women too:

I just love them! Too bad I won't be here when it really gets too cold as I'll be away in a sunny, warm and tropical place. :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

That Loud, Noisy Crash...

It is difficult for me to relate to heavy metal music... I know heavy metals, but only in the chemical point of view, Hehe! :) But the loud, noisy, crash sound of aggressive hard metal, metallic rock or whatever you call it actually gives me a headache. Still, there are people who are into this extreme, musical genres and well, one just needs to respect that. 

If you happen to be one of those enthusiasts and are looking for a gift for yourself or for someone you know, you can find affordable paiste 17 rude wild crash at guitar center. The Paiste Rude wild crash is a cymbal that is meant to produce that strong and wild crash in aggressive playing styles. If you want to make some noise this Christmas and New Year, this could also be a good idea. Let's just hope no neighbors will go knocking and complaining at your door.


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