Best Machine Translation Web Novel and Light Novel Sites
Did the novel you were reading got dropped by the translator? You got a cliffhanger and you have to wait for the next day to know what happened but you are dying to know what happens next?
If yes, your solution is Machine translation.
In this post, I am gonna discuss the best machine translation sites best for light novels and web novels.
Table of Contents:
- What is Novel Machine Translation(MTL)?
- What are the reasons people read Machine translated novels?
- Problems with Machine Translations
- How MTL Assessment Can Enhance the Quality of Translated Online Novels
- Top 5 Machine Translation Novel Sites
What is Machine Translation(MTL) of Novels?
It is the translation of novels in the other language(Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) to the English Language(Mainly) using programs like google translate, Deepl, or any other translation program.
What are the reasons people read Machine translated novels?
- Novels you are reading gets dropped.
- Novel doesn’t even get picked by the translators
- You wanna be ahead of other readers.
But there are many problems with this approach like grammar is incorrect, gender, names, etc are misplaced. Until these problems are solved, MTLing the novels and reading them is not a good idea.
I mainly read MTLed novels in the case of Cliffhangers. Also, in the case of the novels, I was reading get dropped. I know reading MTLed novels harms brain cells but hey! Beggars can’t be the chooser.
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Problems with Machine Translations
Based on my research, there are several reasons why MTL is flawed in translated novels. But it boils down to how MTLs can’t properly process human emotions and way of thinking. This has resulted in MT failing to translate the cultural and social aspects of the translated text.
MTs commonly found in the market operate under a statistical model. It means that MTLs translate the text word for word or phrase by phrase instead of having the translation process based on the sentence or paragraph’s entire context.
If the program is less familiar with a language or pair of languages, it leads to the mind-melting sentences and insufferable mistakes we commonly encounter on these websites.
How MTL Assessment Can Enhance the Quality of Translated Online Novels
One way of ensuring the quality of the translated novels is by having a machine translation assessment that can assure that the translated text is accurate to what was written.
Even though the translation industry utilizes MTs, their translations remain precise and retain the true meaning of the original text, which many MT-generated online novel websites can do.
To learn more about this, Ofer Tirosh, CEO of Tomedes Translation Services, wrote about how machine translation assessment can be achieved by combining human expertise with MTL technology to generate fast and high-quality translations for any text.
It gives a thorough explanation of post-editing machine translation, its limitations, and how it is the future of many industries wishing to make fast but accurate translations.
Here are the Top 5 Machine Translation Novel Sites
The list goes from “Barely Readable” to “Readable”.
Light Novel Machine Translation, in short, LNMTL is the first MTL site for Novel. Most of the novel translated here is Chinese Novels. But the novels on this site are barely readable. This site uses its own translation program. If you choose this site, a headache may possibly occur. You have been warned.
The above image is a small part of the first chapter of the Emperor’s Domination novel. As you can see in the image, the sentence structure, grammars, and others are in a perfect arrangement.
Novels cannot be Requested(unless paid). The novels are chosen by votes.
One advantage of this site is the glossary created by the community of MTL readers. If anyone wants those glossaries of the novel, they are free to take.
I found this site by accident. This site has a large number of Chinese novels. They also use the glossary for translation. The translation of this site is similar but a bit better than LNMTL.
They take the request for new novels and also update the novels with the glossary so the translation gets a bit fine.
MTLNovel uses google translation software to translate the novels. They haven’t use the glossary yet, but they said they will use soon. Since the translations are from Google, the sentence structure and grammar are a level better than LNMTL and Machine-Translation.
I hope they start to use glossary soon. The translation will get better by many levels in case a glossary is used. They take novel requests but only Chinese novels.
This site uses its own translation program and has a good translation than the above three sites. Sentence structure and Grammar are fine than the other translation sites. Most of the novels are Chinese but there are very few Japanese and Korean Novels too.
They take sponsored novels mostly but in the case of the glossary provided, they take free requests too. They also have a big discord community.
Note: JPMTL no longer exists. Alternative: Novelhi.com
JPMTL has hundreds of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Novels. They also have manga too. They use their own translation program. Their translation is fine in the case of Korean and Japanese novels and good in the case of Chinese Novels. JPMTL hasn’t used the glossary yet.
JPMTL takes free requests of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Novels as long as the free source for the novel is provided.
These 5 are the translation sites where you can find machine-translated novels. I suggest you not use the first two sites as some of your brain cells may die while reading.
If you have questions like: How can I read this translation? This is so bad. Then the admin of LNMTL has a good answer.
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7 thoughts on “Top 5 Machine Translation Sites for Novels”
Hello, which of these site have faloo novels?
Hey Neoryd, I can’t tell without knowing the name of the novel, but you can try JPMTL. You just need to provide the raws and the novel will be translated. You can join JPMTL’s discord for more info.
The translation in jpmtl is so bad, I can’t even recognize that the novel I’m reading is naruto unlike comrademao, they do a better job in correct naming. Still thank you for the information.
You have to provide the glossary for the correct names. Novels in Comrademao are mostly sponsored novels, meaning that users pay for the glossary, and they also use the glossary from lnmtl. That’s why they have correct names.
However, JPMTL will only translate the novel and won’t use the glossary unless the glossary is provided to them.
Here’s one thing you can do: You can go to lnmtl.com and search for the glossary of your novel and provide that to admin of JPMTL
You can also pay for the translators to make glossary.
Hi Dragneel, You have a very useful list here. Please check out sonicmtl.com. I think it will be a good addition to this list.
Missing 2, asianovels and one KR translation site. Pretty good list though.
Glad I read this before scrolling through the rest of the search results, I don’t think I’d have bothered with comrademao without your saying it was good; doesn’t even sound like a light novel site to me and I’d have assumed it was a single language one.