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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

PROMT Site Translates 5 European Languages

St. Petersburg's Programmer's Machine Translation, or PROMT, site at provides a surprisingly functional and coherent service to those lacking a personal translator of the human variety.

With a user-friendly interface in both English and Russian, visitors to the site can translate most permutations of Russian, English, French, German and Spanish. Fonts can be a problem.

The free online translation facility allows users to submit simple text, a web page or even an e-mail that will be translated before the recipient lays eyes on it.

Despite creeping into most modern service arenas, computers do not yet play a big role in translating languages. It seems difficult to turn any human language into the mathematical algorithms that machines use.

Although the translated output using PROMT's technology is still far from a flawless translation, the service does manage to produce understandable language that greatly increases overall translation speed.

PROMT also offers its translation software for sale.

From its small beginnings in 1990, PROMT has become a sizeable player on the Russian market, claiming an 80 percent share of the automated multilingual translation business in Russia.

With a list of partners stretching from the Spanish Lycos ( to major Russian search engine Aport (, it's easy to see why PROMT waves the slogan: "We make the world understandable."

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