Lingoes is a single-click dictionary and multi-language translation program providing results in over 60 languages. Lingoes is often compared to Babylon dictionary due to similarities in functionalities, and most importantly being freeware. Lingoes provides translation from/to English as well as languages such as German, French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Vietnamese, Thai, etc. Here is how to use this program.
1- Go to www.lingoes.net and click Download.
2- You will be taken to the next page. Download the EXE file as shown below.
3- Select the downloading server of your choice to start downloading.
4- Launch the installer and follow onscreen instructions to install Lingoes, which now comes with an added support of Windows 8.
5- When installed, open the program. The front page of the application would give you web links for free translation of English to other languages. On the left hand side, you would see several options such as Dictionaries, Appendices, and Configurations, etc.
6- You also have the option to run a quick translation of any word you want. Simply, highlight the word and press CTRL+Right Mouse Click as illustrated with this example:
7- Click Dictionaries. You now have the option of using the dictionaries of your choice from the list provided herein. This gives you a wide range of options and flexibility to use any dictionary you want for accuracy and precision. You can also click Download From Lingoes to add more dictionaries to the program.
8- You can move on to Configuration to make changes that you need in order for the program to work the way you want. You can choose the primary language and specify the options of Text Capture. You may also select the primary search engine that you want to use to initiate web search.
9- Furthermore, you can use machine translation on the fly. Go to the Translation tab to select your preferred Translation Engine and the Target Language.
This option may require you to activate either the Translate Selected Text option or the Translate Clipboard Text option. The former will trigger translation through highlighting text while the latter will show it after pressing Ctrl+C.