Limitless Knowledge – Translation

(introduction – removing barriers, providing access to information, tips and tricks)

This will be a series on giving you access to Limitless Knowledge through web 2.0 techniques.

We will start this journey by giving you the tools to access knowledge available in English into your native language. We will go through the following:

  • Browser translation
  • Video players – captions and subtitles translation
  • Translation of transcripts of videos
  • PDF translation
  • Webpage translation
  • Human translators
    • Where to find a translator?
    • How to hire a translator?

This is not an exhaustive list of tactics, so if you have a suggestion on something that works for you, please feel free to add it in the comments and we will update this article. If you are having issues, post your problem below and we will take a look to see if we can help find a solution. Sometimes you have to hire a human translator to put something together for you, so we have included information on best practices to hiring a translator and where to find one.

Browsers – change the language settings to auto-translate

Chrome –


Check for a language switcher built into the web site. If not, head over to Google Translate and go through these steps.


How do I translate a web page in Safari?

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to a website in a language you’d like to translate.
  3. Tap the aA button.
  4. Select the language you would like to translate to.
  5. Tap Enable Translation.

Video Players



Unfortunately with Vimeo, unless the creator has taken time to add captions and sub-titles to their work, there is no way to change it.

Video Transcript Translation

Pulling video transcripts

Running it through a translator

Paste the text into your favorite application

PDF Translation

Translating PDF’s can be tricky depending if the PDF is created via OCR (scanned to PDF) or created through older versions of PDF creation software.


Web Page Translation

Preamble – Google Translate, Apple Smart Translate, Microsoft Translate (Office Products, LinkedIn), Facebook Translate

Google Translate

Alternatives to Google Translate –


Human Translators

Sometimes a problem requires a “human touch”.

How to hire a translator?

Clearly define the problem – you have to know exactly what needs to be translated and the amount of w

Best practices list here

Different ways to evaluate translators – Fiverr,

Where to find a translator?




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