I use automatic translation a lot to talk to my Taiwanese family members and I recently found a tool that works better than Google Translate: DeepL Translator. deepl.com/translator

I tend to be skeptical of AI-based tools, but this really works great, at least for English ↔︎ Chinese. The main issue is that it spits out simplified Chinese characters, but the resulting text is trivial to correct.

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It also gets tripped up by context it doesn't know (for example, 外婆 vs 奶奶 for "granma"), but it would be god level software if it got it right.

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@gosha DeepL is wonderful, especially for long-form content!

Another AI-based tool you might find useful: wantwords.net/, gives you a list of words that match your description, which can be vague.

@changbai Some of those LINE messages could definitely count as long-form content!

And thank you for WantWords, that looks amazing and I'm sure I'll use it a lot. Next on my Chinese language wishlist is a web version of Pleco.

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I'm in Beijing and VPNs are not always reliable so I use for my day to day stuff Baidu translate. It made strides from where it was years ago gets the job done and from what I can tell it surpassed Google translate recently.

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