The internet is an endless fount of information. Whether you’re trying to learn a new skill, research a specific topic, or just win a debate, there’s a ton of information out there. But what if English isn’t your first language? Or what if the best resource for your specific need is in a language you don’t speak at all? In that case, you’ll need to add a translation extension to your Chrome browser.
Good thing there are so many to choose from. Here are 11 of the best translation extensions for Chrome, whether you’re looking to translate text, audio, or even livestreams.
Did you know that Google’s popular translation tool also has a Chrome extension? With the Google Translate Chrome extension, you can translate bits of text from anywhere on the internet or entire pages. All you need to do is right-click the text you want to translate or click on the extension in your toolbar and you’re off to the races. It’s a dead-simple extension that can probably cover most of your translation needs, and often the one all others will be measured up against.
Big fan of livestreams? While apps like Google Translate are great for translating text, they don’t really do the job for other kinds of media. LiveTL is a powerful browser extension built specifically for translating livestreams. It lets you pick your favorite translators from a crowdsourced list, automatically filter out specific mods and users, and customize the size of your translated chats.
Do you want to go from just translating text to learning a new language? That’s what the Rememberry Chrome Extension promises. It’s built from the ground up to help you learn by saving specific translations, creating flashcards, and using algorithms to automatically prompt you with previous translations so you’ll remember them in the future.
Everyone wants to learn a new language; many make it a New Year's resolution. But if you don't have time to crack open the books, there's another way to learn: Toucan. This Chrome extension doesn't just translate the content you read, it actually introduces words from the language you're trying to learn seamlessly so you can start recognizing them and building up your vocabulary. It also has a text-to-speech feature that'll help you learn pronunciation.
ImTranslator is one of the many translation Chrome extensions that grabs translations from multiple providers and compares them. In this case, that’s Google Translate, Bing, and Yandex. Not only that, but it also has a built-in dictionary that lets you dive into specific translations, a text-to-speech function, translation history, and more. It’s a great option if you need a little bit more from your translation extension.
Like many other translation extensions for Google Chrome, Mate Translate will give you quick translations when you right-click on a certain page, often fed from Google Translate. But unlike others, it’ll also translate Netflix subtitles for you, allow you to create a custom phrasebook with your favorite words, and sync your translation and dictionary data across devices.
Reverso is a pretty standard translation extension for Google Chrome, with a quick right-click menu for translating web pages, subtitle translation for most streaming services, and the option to sync data across devices. But it also provides AI-generated suggestions as you type in other languages, and gives more context for a specific translation with just one click.
Where other extensions just give you a quick translation in a pop-up window, Lingocloud lets you see a page’s original text and the translation side-by-side. While it doesn’t support as many languages as other extensions — focusing instead on translations to Chinese dialects — its side-by-side mode makes it easier to learn a new language by seeing the text in context.
So you’ve already got a lot of options for translating text in Google Chrome. But what if you need to translate audio? iTour Video Translation is a Chrome extension dedicated to translating audio, whether it’s from an online meeting in Zoom or a YouTube video. It’s great for students taking classes in a different language or professionals who need to collaborate across a language barrier.
If you’ve had to use translation apps like Google Translate or Bing, you know they’re not always the most reliable. So how do you make sure you always get the best possible translation without doing a deep dive into every sentence? With the Translation Comparison Chrome extension, you can automatically compare results from multiple sources from a right-click menu. And it doesn’t take much more time than getting a single translation.
The one you build with PixieBrix
Do none of these extensions quite scratch the itch for you? Maybe you wish you could combine some of the best features of each one into a custom extension suited to your needs?
Well with PixieBrix, you can.
PixieBrix is a low-code platform you can use to build browser extensions that customize your online experience, automate your work, and make your online life a bit easier. You can create intelligent overlays that make the tools you use every day more interactive, streamline processes, and accelerate boring manual work. You can also use it to build a custom translation extension for Chrome.
You can find a full guide for building your own translation extension here, and here are a few more helpful links to get you started:
- A pre-built language translation extension from PixieBrix.
- A video showing the extension’s optical character recognition in action.
- A live build of a translation sidebar.
If you’re sick of having to constantly navigate to Google Translate every time you run into some text you don’t understand, just have the right extension installed and you’ll be good to go. Whether you use one of the solutions above or build your own with PixieBrix, you’ll have made your internet experience just that much smoother.