Free translation services in the U.S.

Do you need free translation help? Do you need an interpreter? There are several free apps and websites that can help you. Here you will learn the difference between translation and interpretation, how to get free help, free translation help online, and how to use our free GED® class to improve your English.


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What are translators and interpreters?

A translator converts something written from one language to another. An interpreter repeats what a person says in one language to another person in the other person’s language, so they can communicate with each other.

How can I get free translation help?

Here are some free interpreting and translation resources you can use.

Tarjimly

Tarjimly is a great free translation service for refugees, asylees, and people who serve them. It will help you to communicate when you need it most. Maybe you want to explain something to your doctor or your child’s teacher. Or you may be reading a document at the immigration office. You might even be in the grocery store.

Using the app is easy. You can connect with a volunteer translator or interpreter in 60+ languages in an average of under 2 minutes. During a conversation, you can send text, voice notes, pictures, or get on an internet call. The free service will connect you instantly with one of Tarjimly’s many volunteers who speak your language as well as English.

To get started, download the app by going to https://tarjimly.org/start on your mobile device, and then follow the steps shown in this video

The app is available on Android and iPhone. You can sign up using an email address or your Facebook or Apple login. 

You can watch this video to learn how to make a call on Tarjimly to connect to a volunteer to help interpret for you when you speak with someone. To find instructions in other languages click here and scroll down to find your language.

Respond: Crisis Translators Network

Respond will translate any documentation that is necessary or helpful during the asylum process, in hospitals, and other crisis situations. They also have in-person translators for asylum interviews and to help you speak to your lawyer or if you are in detention. To get help, fill in the message form on the website.

Free translation help online

There are some free translation services that are available online.

You can enter words in your language, and they are translated into another language you choose. Or you can type in English words you don’t understand, and the program will give them to you in your language.

These services also allow you to upload a document to be translated.

How to use free translation help online

  • Go to Google Translate
  • Select the “translate from” and “translate to” languages
  • Type or copy and paste in the text you want to translate
  • These services also allow you upload a document to translate

The translations are not always perfect, and quality varies among languages. But they are very useful tools.

Voice interpreter app

If you have a smartphone, you can use the Google Translate application just by speaking to it! Say something in your language, and the app will speak back in English or other languages.

Note: not all languages have speak-back service, but the text will appear on your screen even if the speak-back service is not offered in your language.

How to use the voice interpreter app

  • Download and open the app
  • Select the “translate from” and “translate to” languages
  • Hit the little microphone symbol
  • Speak a sentence and wait for it to speak back to you

The app also lets you write text with your finger, type it in, or even take a picture of words and send it.

With some languages, you can download a translation file to your device. This allows you to use the app even when you are offline.

Watch a video that shows you how to use the Google Translate app.

Our free classes can help you improve your English

USAHello offers a free GED® class in several languages. This means you can study the materials in both English and your language. Even if you do not need to study for your GED® diploma, it’s a good way to study English. We have found people who study using the bilingual format improve their English.