Good point, the website translation tool is super helpful
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I agree, far from perfect but best option. Be very careful to have a native speaker (who is also a true friend) proofread if its an important doc or email you need to send, although most will recognize that the errors were because you had it machine translated. Maybe Hunch can work on a better translating app, Hmmmm.
It has improved incredibly over the last 3 years or so, to become a truly useful Web service. I like the fact that it offers various possible translations and enables you to send feedback if the translation seems inappropriate to you (I hope someone, or some bot, reads this at Google HQs, then does something with it).
I find it a bit buggy sometimes with Spanish and Portuguese (strictly what I use it for), but it sure beats Babelfish.
A tip: when Google gets it wrong (like assuming all Spanish you want to speak is going to be formal), the dictionary at Word Reference and their super-informative forums usually can help get it right.
A great translator for numerous languages. This is probably your best shot at finding a good translator. With Babelfish from Yahoo being a close second, Google Translate has alot more options in which language to which. Correct translations and grammar are both scoring high with google translate while it also is fast and has a user-friendly interface.