4 updates to serve your translation needs better

Dear IDL experts,

We’re glad to say “Hello!” after a few months of working hard to develop our platform.

We have a few news items to share, and we hope you’ll enjoy them!

1) Mobile applications. We’ve received a lot of requests to create IDL mobile applications for Android and iOS devices, and in this update, we laid the groundwork for these applications. We already have a prototype that we’re planning to tighten up and give to you to experiment with by the end of the year.

Here is how the app currently looks:

Searching for a word in the IDL mobile app
Searching for a word in our new mobile application

Looking for a translation in the IDL mobile app
Getting a translation that you have been looking for

2) An improved search engine. Our search engine respects the language that is set in the search box near the search icon. By default, this language is English in the English version of the website, Russian in the Russian version, and so on.

Let’s take the English version as an example. If you search for the word “home” with English set as the language in the search box, you will see a page with translations of the word home into almost 90 other languages. If you then change the language in the search box and repeat your search, you will see the specific translation of your original (English) word into that selected language.

The best part here is that when you change the language – for example, to Spanish from English in the English version of the website – our platform transforms into a bidirectional dictionary. You can type both English and Spanish words into the search box, and our program will look for the word in both dictionaries and display it in the results list for you to choose it. This principle works for any pair of languages, of which English is one.

The Russian, Spanish, French, and German versions of the website offer the same capability.

3) Additional sorting capabilities. We also got requests to add more sorting options when it comes to our list of languages. Previously, we offered a distribution by major geographical regions only, and it could be hard to jump quickly to the language you need – there are almost 90 different languages in the list! With this update, geographical sorting remains an option, but you can also put the languages into alphabetical order. This will give you a straightforward option to help you get what you need faster.

Languages sorted by alphabetical order

Note, however, that this option is available only for registered users. You can sign up for a free Basic Account here.

Find out more about different account types and their benefits.

After registering, under the same Basic account you will have an option to open your “Personal” page, click the Dictionary Settings tab, and select only the languages that you really want or need to work with. This can make your list of languages and translations as short and efficient as it needs to be, and the different types of sorting will also be available when working with a shortened list of languages.

Not to “sell the future” or anything, but we’re already working on the next update, in which we will add further improvements relating to sorting, searching, and grouping languages. Not to mention that we also want to add 20 more languages to our list!

4) A new design. The last but definitely not the least improvement we’ve made, is our brand-new Web design.

We’re almost finished redesigning the whole project, with only a few minor pages left for our next update. We hope you’ll enjoy this new look, since we wanted to give you something great in the 2020s. If you want to get some aesthetic enjoyment, check out how our site looks on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.

IDL Website home page screenshot

See you in a couple of months, when we’ll have another set of news for you to enjoy!

The IDL team

Introducing the Basic and Professional Accounts

We’re pleased to present you with the updated version of IDL. It features many improvements and optimizations – and, of course, new translations – but above all, we’d like to share with you the new user model and types of accounts that you can open on IDL.

Our platform now offers two major account types: Basic and Professional.

The “Basic” account is created by default when you sign up on our website for the first time. Just enter your email address and password, or use your Facebook credentials to log in, and you’ll immediately get access to our basic features:

– Selecting a subset of languages that you need or want to work with. You probably don’t need all 90 of the languages that IDL offers!
– Removing banner ads to enjoy faster loading times and a cleaner look for the site.

The “Professional” account integrates you deeper into our community by allowing you to take part in the content review process and the platform’s development. This account upgrade requires you to set a username, which may later be shown beside your contributions and appear in “Top Users” lists, and also to select up to three languages that you speak or write fluently. You’ll then be able to send us corrections and comments for the languages that you selected.

Both the Basic and Professional account types are available to you absolutely free of charge.

We are creating a multi-user platform that will bring together people who love languages and want to contribute to the platform’s development by adding new words, editing translations, recording pronunciations, rating data, and more. If you support this idea and love languages, please feel free to sign up!

At the risk of preempting ourselves, we’ll reveal that one of our next steps in the near future will be creating an “Expert” account type. What does this mean, and what is its purpose on the IDL platform? We’ll discuss all of this, and more, in a future post.

Have a great year,
The IDL Team

IDL – Who we are

InDifferentLanguages.com, or IDL, is an online tool that shows you how to say words and phrases in more than 80 different languages.

The tool has English, Spanish, Russian, French, and German versions. For each of these versions, there are tens of thousands of words and sentences translated into more than 80 other languages.

This website is operated by its creator, Igor Katsev, an individual who has always loved countries, cultures, people, and languages. He is supported in this project by a small team.

Our mission is to help people with:
– Communicating more easily and getting rid of linguistic divides;
– Learning languages and seeing their similarities and differences;
– Finding a needed translation quickly using a handy tool;
– Millions of other cases where a foreign word is needed – whether it’s for naming, writing, homework, or simply for fun.

Our goal is to build a multi-user and multi-language environment that lets people use all of its data free of charge and even take part in its development – by adding new words, recording pronunciations, editing translations, and rating data to ensure top quality.

If you support this idea and love people and languages, feel free to join our community and contribute to its evolution.

Sign Up to Join Our Growing Community

Hello and welcome to our brand-new IDL blog!

We’ve updated the IDL platform to introduce Sign Up and Login features. Now you can use a Facebook account to log in, or create a separate IDL account if you wish.

There are about 90 languages in our project, but you don’t necessarily need them all. As a member, you can select only the languages that you really need or want.

For our registered users, we also remove all ads to provide faster IDL loading times and a cleaner look and atmosphere for the website.

This is the first in a series of changes that we’re preparing in order to transform IDL into a multi-user and multi-language environment that brings speakers of different languages closer to one another.

Stay tuned!