I've mentioned before the opinions expressed by others when I used Google Translate. No one is impressed. But what can I do? Where do I go? What should I choose to use instead?
I looked online and found a website offering free language-translation software called Xanadu. I thought it might be interesting to try it, but it seems to be Windows-friendly rather than Mac-friendly.
These are a few of the things I found on the Xanadu website. (The boldface italics are mine.)
Xanadu is the free language and translation wizard by Foreignword which helps you find a way through the language and translation "jungle".
Translate words or texts, find translators, read the latest language news, locate specialised glossaries and much more.
Once installed, you may choose among six languages for the user interface and help files: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.
Translate words, terms or texts from/to over 60 languages and with almost 200 free online dictionaries or text translation systems.
Several dictionaries can be looked up at the same time and keyboard shortcuts enable you to instantly translate terms selected in any Windows application.
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Xanadu is also the name of a 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Block, Gene Kelly, and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
The movie was roughly based on the 1797 poem Kubla Khan written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The poet subtitled this work "A Vision in a Dream."
The city Xanadu is in China, in the area now called Inner Mongolia. It was built in 1252 by Kublai Khan as the summer capital of the Yuan Dynasty.
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