Those interested in automatic translators will probably find this article useful:
How Google Translate works - Features, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
It is about how Google Translate works, and why it usually outperforms other automatic translators. To verify this claim, I translated a piece from English to Russian. The result was not perfect but it was very good. Here is what to do:
1) Go to Congratulations!
2) Specify languages, for example, English --> Russian
3) Paste (or type) the text to be translated.
4) Click on the “translate” button
The translated text will appear at once. You can just read it or cut-and-paste it into another document.
Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia)