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5 Best Language Learning Firefox Plugins

The widely popular Firefox internet browser comes equipped with plug-ins to learn and translate different languages from web pages. This article lists the top five language learning plugins recommended by Firefox users.

The World Wide Web has taken down more walls than there is imaginable. With access to the Internet, the world has suddenly become more accessible with a click of a mouse or a press of a button. The experience of exploring beyond territorial borders has become less daunting with the help of a proper web browser.

Say you’re a French guy trying to read websites in Bahasa Indonesia. No problem there! A click can turn gibberish into something sensible. Mozilla Firefox and its array of language learning plug-ins give its users the benefits of facts across the world even if they are challenged in the language department. 

Firefox language learning plug-ins may count to hundreds. The key is finding the best one that works for you. Just a reminder though, translation for most of these add-ons are based on third-party translation services. What these translation services lack also limit the capacity of the add-ons. To make it easier for you, here are the top five language learning plug-ins that are making waves with Firefox users as well as developers.

1. ImTranslator by Smart Link Corporation

Number of downloads as of February 27, 2011: 9,428,658

Community Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 207 reviews

ImTranslator has support for over 30 languages. Of course they also offer other combinations of translations. For example, it’s possible to read Chinese and translate it directly to Swedish without translating it to English first. The boon for many of its users is the cool text-to-speech capability, also available in different languages. It is also packed with a multi-lingual dictionary and virtual keyboard.

And if you’re into Russian texts, it can also convert it into Windows’ standard encoding—Cyrillic—and to Latin!

User Opinions:

Users seem to agree that ImTranslator is undeniably awesome because of:

*Highlighting a sentence and clicking the add-on icon instantly translates the selected text

*Text to Speech

*Simple Hot Keys

But…

*Translation of an entire webpage is not possible

*Small pop-up window that can’t be resized

2. Fox Lingo by Linkular LLC

Number of downloads as of February 27, 2011: 3,772,817

Community Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews

While other add-ons usually utilize the power of Google and Yahoo translation services, Fox Lingo has more than 30 translator services besides the two. Translation is breezy as well as more accurate. And if that isn’t enough, Fox Lingo also offers dictionary, grammar check and web page translation.

User Opinions:

Users seem to agree that Fox Lingo is undeniably awesome because of:

*Dictionaries, spellcheckers

*Access to other tools

*Learn languages with proper pronunciations!

But…

*Slow browsing because of the resources it needs to run

3. Gtranslate by Pau Tomàs, Pierre Bertet, Éric Lemoine

Number of downloads as of February 27, 2011: 2,396,783

Community Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 261 reviews

Gtranslate offers selected text translation by just right-clicking the text itself. Not planning to rule the world, Gtranslate utilizes Google’s translation services in a very Spartan way. With no dazzling menus and jazzed up tabs, Gtranslate gives you what you need without wasting resources and time.

User Opinions:

Users seem to agree that gTranslate is undeniably awesome because of:

*No cluttered menus

*Practical

But…

*The add-on was Last updated Aug 2010, which means there’s no support yet for Firefox v.4. How Just_A_User offered a quick fix.

*Catalan language spelled as Batalan

*No whole page translation

4. Babel Fish Instant Translation by NettiCat

Number of downloads as of February 27, 2011: 1,439,435

Community Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 151 reviews

You get a more language-empowered mouse with BabelFish Instant Translation. The mouse becomes your friendly translator with options to display translations in a tool tip or a different pane under the web page. Of course, standard context menus are also available. Using Google and Yahoo’s Google translation services gives it a breadth of over 30 languages and its combination for translating documents.

User Opinions:

Users seem to agree that BabelFish Instant Translator is undeniably awesome because of:

*BabelFish and the translations are free of advertisings

But…

*Auto detect language is turned off. The user can turn this on, of course.

5. Quick translator by igv

Number of downloads as of February 27, 2011: 203, 069

Community Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 71 reviews

Easily accessible through a click, context menu, a hot-key, or a floating button, Quick Translator delivers fast translation--whether it’s just word or a whole page. It also allows users to type words that they want translated using its repository of over 50 languages

User Opinions:

Users seem to agree that Quick Translator is undeniably awesome because of:

*light

*really practical

But...

*switch between two or more languages for translation (promised by the author to be addressed in the next versions).

*Formatting of original text not maintained.

Resources:

"BabelFish Instant Translator". addons.mozilla.org. Mozilla Firefox Add-ons, n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2011.

"gTranslate Reviews". addons.mozilla.org. Mozilla Firefox Add-ons, n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2011.

"FoxLingo Reviews". addons.mozilla.org. Mozilla Firefox Add-ons, n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2011.

"ImTranslator Reviews". addons.mozilla.org. Mozilla Firefox Add-ons, n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2011.

"Quick Translator Reviews". addons.mozilla.org. Mozilla Firefox Add-ons, n.d. Web. 27 Feb 2011.

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