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Amazon Translate


Amazon Translate translates text from one language to another. You can translate individual words, phrases, or entire documents. An API is provided, enabling either real-time or batch translation of text from the source language to the target language.

Video: What is Amazon Translate?

This is a 1.29 minute video from AWS giving an overview and some use cases for Translate.

Key features

  • There is a large list of languages, 71+, that can be translated.
  • You can provide your own list of custom words and phrases for specialist technical niches or business areas.
  • Language Identification
  • Batch and Real-Time Translations

Use cases

Translate use cases have three features in common:

  1. High volume
  2. High speed
  3. Minor translation errors OK

Uses cases fall into three main groups:

  1. Integrating Amazon Translate into applications to provide multilingual features.
  2. Process and manage an organization’s incoming data.
  3. Integrating Amazon Translate with other AWS services.

Video: Episode 1: Introduction to Amazon Translate and Neural Machine Translation

This is a 6.17 minute video from AWS that gives an overview of Translate and it’s use cases.

Example use cases

  • Translate meeting minutes
  • Translate technical reports
  • knowledge-base articles
  • Translate emails
  • Translate customer service chat
  • Analyze text in social media
  • Analyze text in news feeds
  • Search for information
  • eDiscovery cases (the process of identifying and delivering electronic information that can be used as evidence in legal cases)
  • Combine with Amazon Comprehend to analyze unstructured text in any language. For example, social media streams to extract named entities, sentiment, and key phrases.
  • Combine with Amazon Transcribe for subtitles and live captioning available in any language.
  • Combine with Amazon Polly to convert text to speech in any language.
  • Translate a corpus of document stored in Amazon S3.
  • Translate text stored in databases.
  • Provide translation features for processing in AWS Lambda or AWS Glue systems


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