Personally, I've encountered Babylon years ago, and I can say they have
gotten wider and better. The newest version, Babylon 8.0 offers much
more than a word's translation...
Originally, Babylon was a unique dictionary tool.
You would surf the net, read something online or offline, and as soon
as you encountered a word or phrase you didn't understand – you could
on it, and read the
translation in a small box that appeared above the word.
As you can imagine, it can be much faster than turning pages in a
physical dictionary, looking for the word! Furthermore, it is usually
faster than looking it up in an online dictionary...
A lot has changed since those good old days, but luckily, for the
Babylon Translation Software –
You basically define your language, and then each time you
click on a word, Babylon gives you the translation.
Currently there are 75 supported languages.
Here are some
example translations (using "French"):
--> English (dictionary/thesaurus)
And so forth.
If the word you've clicked is part of an expression (on the same line),
Babylon usually recognizes it and gives you the translation of the entire expression.
This is a quick process, and the only problem with it is that sometimes
a translation is not enough. In many cases, you need to see a full
explanation of the word to really
So you can add in different dictionaries. This can cost some money, but
there are also free dictionaries to choose from.
examples: Oxford, Merriam-Webster, Britannica
Encyclopedia, and others.
examples: Wikipedia, WordNet, English Idioms, and others.
The end result is that you don't have to carry many big fat books
around, and then flip through all of them to find what you're looking
for. Also, I must say it is pretty rare to encounter a word that
Babylon does not know!
Other cool features
Built it pronunciation of words.
Spelling suggestion (for example. if
you typed in a word and misspelled it)
A handy conversion tool is integrated
inside the software. You can convert pretty much anything you can think
of: currencies (let's say dollars to Euros), weight units, local time,
Although Babylon has many dictionaries
and glossaries to choose from, it doesn't include any simple
dictionaries for English learners, such as the Oxford
Dictionary. All of the dictionaries I've checked were either
bilingual (English to French, English to Spanish, etc.) or more
advanced English dictionaries (Oxford, Merriam-Webster, etc.)
I would definitely recommend Babylon Translation Software as a quick
check up tool, but it is best to combine it with another simple
dictionary, according to your own level of English.