Linguee lets users search for specific phrases in other languages. The site uses sophisticated technology to search for the context that the word is translated in and how frequently the translation is found. The site will also provide example sentences that show how others translated the same text online. Linguee is a specialized search engine that focuses on providing users with translations of words or phrases in multiple languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Additional features make it easy for users to find what they are looking for with Linquee.
Linguee was intended to give users a better way to search for translations online. Although most of the translations begin in English, multiple languages are covered. Users can enter a phrase or word and find more than just a simple match. The creators of Linguee advanced the typical search engine so it would return examples as well as relevant results that the user can actually learn from.
Search engines are by far not a new concept on the internet. However Linguee is a whole other type of search engine, one that specializes in a few specific languages and their translations. Users can check out example sentences that show how others translated the word or phrase as well as frequent translations. The user can review pairs of sentences that contain the search terms to make sure they are using them in the right context.
The Linguee website has a very refined, elegant appearance. The stylish logo, which features a flowing “L”, is complimented by a gray blue header and white background. A light grey navigation bar graces the top of the homepage to allow users quick navigation, even when moving to other parts of the site. Orange headers add a hint of color that works well with the toned down appeal of the rest of the site design. Searching with Linguee is also easy, with in depth directions and explanations on the About pate as well as simple tabs to direct users to the right place.
To register for Linguee, a new user can click the small black “Login” link at the top of the homepage (in the grey navigation bar). This takes the user to the login page, which contains another small link that reads “register here for free”. Clicking the link will bring the user to the registration form. The user is asked for a desired login name, password, a full name (which is not visible to others), email address, and an email newsletter opt in check box. After verifying the code for spam protection and clicking the grey “Create your account” button, the user is advised to check their email to complete account verification.
Even though Linguee is a specialized search engine, it is still offering a similar service. Just like other search engines, Linguee does not require a fee from users. Encouraging people to frequent the site is important, and keeping account creation and use free is a good way to achieve that goal. The site also contains no advertising (at this point in time), which really enhances the users experience along with the free account.
Anyone with an interest in or who handles any kind of translation in the languages Languee covers can really appreciate the features offered. The site presents a diverse list of results to help users hone their skills and use words and phrases in the correct context. By reviewing other online examples, users can figure out confusing translation problems.