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English is said to be the "universal language." However, there are still more people that don't understand it than those that do. For example, in South Africa, English is a minor language. The problem is that many documents are written in English. Since that is the case, many people in South Africa can't understand these documents. Thus, it is necessary to translate an English to Afrikaans document.

Thankfully, you don't need to translate the document yourself. You can harness the power of technology to do the work for you. Translation tools are now easily accessible, and in this article, you will find the best ones that suit your needs.

In this article
    1. How To Use PDFelement To Translate English Text to Afrikaans
    2. How To Use PDFelement to Translate Afrikaans Text to English
  1. Translate English to Afrikaans documents using Google Translate
    1. Online Doc Translator
    2. DocTranslator

Part 1. Use Wondershare PDFelement To Translate English to Afrikaans Document

Wondershare PDFelement has had a Translate tool for years. However, this tool does not support Afrikaans. But things are different now, thanks to the PDF solutions integration with AI. You can utilize Wondershare PDFelement's Chat with AI feature to translate English text to Afrikaans.

Part 1.1. How To Use PDFelement To Translate English Text to Afrikaans

Here are the steps to translating an English text to Afrikaans.

  1. Drag and drop the English document into the interface of Wondershare PDFelement. It does not matter if it is in Word or other document format. Wondershare PDFelement will automatically convert it to PDF.
  2. Copy the English text that you want to translate.
  3. Click the AI Sidebar button on the toolbar at the right of Wondershare PDFelement.
wondershare pdfelement ai sidebar button
  1. Select Chat with AI.

pdfelement chat with ai option selected
  1. Tell Lumi, the PDF AI assistant, to translate the copied English text to Afrikaans.
telling lumi to translate english to afrikaans
  1. Lumi will start translating the text. Wait for it to finish.
  2. Optionally, once the translation is done, click Rewrite to polish the text.
using the rewrite feature of pdfelement
  1. Replace the text in the PDF or create a new one with the translated text.

Part 1.2. How To Use PDFelement to Translate Afrikaans Text to English

Wondershare PDFelement's AI features can also do the reverse. You can use it to translate an Afrikaans text into English. There are two methods to do this.

Option A: Use the Chat With AI Feature

You can translate an Afrikaan text to English just like how we did the translation above.

  1. Open the document in Wondershare PDFelement.
  2. Click the AI Sidebar button.
  3. Select Chat with AI.
  4. Paste the Afrikaans text that you want to translate to English and tell Lumi to translate it.

translating afrikaans to english using pdfelement
  1. Click Rewrite and paste the translated text if you want to polish it.

Option B: Use the Translate PDF Feature

There is also a Translate PDF button on Wondershare PDFelement. It activates the AI-powered translation tool. The benefit of using this tool is it keeps the formatting. So, minimal to no editing is needed after the translation.

  1. Open the Afrikaans document in Wondershare PDFelement.
  2. Click AI Tools at the top toolbar.
ai tools button on home tab
  1. Click Translate PDF.

pdfelement ai powered translate pdf option
  1. Ensure the Target Language is set to English.
  2. Select a destination folder and click Translate.
setting target language and output folder
  1. Wait for the translation to finish. Click Open Folder when it appears to find, open, and review the translated document.
  • Wondershare PDFelement translates text using AI.
  • It can maintain the formatting of the PDF.
  • Wondershare PDFelement is not a free tool.

Part 2. Translate English to Afrikaans documents using Google Translate

english to afrikaans on google translate

Google Translate is perhaps the most popular translation tool out there. It supports many languages, and that includes English and Afrikaans. With that said, you can use this tool to translate your documents. The best thing is that Google Translate is free! So anyone can use it at any time.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Launch a web browser and go to Google Translate.
  2. Click Document.
  3. Drag and drop your English document to the designated area. Alternatively, click Browse your files and upload your PDF. Select English as the input language - the language selection at the left.
  4. For the Output language - the selection at the right - click the arrow down button and select Afrikaans.
  5. Click Translate.
  6. Click Download Translation and open the downloaded PDF to check.
  • Google Translate is a free tool.
  • Google Translate maintains the formatting of the document.
  • It can detect the source language automatically.
  • You need an internet connection to use Google Translate.

Part 3. Online Tools You Can Use to Translate English to Afrikaans Document

Wondershare PDFelement and Google Translate are the most reliable tools you can use to translate an English to an Afrikaans document. But there are other tools you can try if you want to. Here are three of those translation tools:

1. Online Doc Translator

selecting languages on online doc translator

Online Doc Translator, as the name implies, is an online document translator. It supports many languages, including English and Afrikaans. Likewise, it supports different document formats, including PDF, DOCX, PPT, Excel, and more. Using this tool is also very straightforward. It goes like this:

  1. Go to Online Doc Translator's website. Click Translate Now.
  2. Drag and drop your English document into the input box. Or, click Upload File and select your document.
  3. Scroll down and set the input language to English and the output language to Afrikaans.
  4. Click Translate.
  5. Click Download your translated document!
  • This tool is free.
  • It supports different document formats.
  • The translation tool has an Auto Detect language function.
  • The interface is full of ads, as expected from a free tool.
  • The formatting of the translated document may not be clean.

2. DocTranslator

user interface of doctranslator

DocTranslator is an online document translator. It has a cleaner interface compared to other online translators. However, it lacks the automatic language detection feature that other tools have. Nevertheless, it is a reliable English-to-Afrikaans document translator. Follow these steps to translate your documents using this tool.

  1. Go to DocTranslator's website.
  2. Click Upload a document.
  3. Upload your document via drag and drop or clicking the browse button.
  4. Set English as the source language and Afrikaans as the translated language.
  5. Click Upload.
  6. Download the converted file.
  • The interface is intuitive.
  • You can use this online translator for free.
  • There is no language auto-detect feature.
  • It requires you to register an account, and you may struggle to log in afterward.

  1. PDF.ai
user interface of pdfai

PDF.ai is an AI-powered online document solution. It has a translation tool that recognizes multiple languages and file formats. It is a reliable tool that maintains the formatting of the PDF after the translation. The downside is that it is not completely free. You can only translate PDFs with 1 page and 350 words or less without spending.

Here's how to use this tool:

  1. Go to PDF.ai's translator page.
  2. Upload your English document.
  3. Choose English as the source language and Afrikaans as the target language.
  4. Click Upload.
  5. Log in or sign up.
  6. Click Translate.
  • The interface is void of ads.
  • The translation tool uses AI.
  • It does not offer auto-detection of the source language.
  • It requires an account registration.
  • You can translate only PDFs with less than 350 words and with 1 page only for free.


For you or other people to understand a document's contents, you may need to translate it into your local language. Wondershare PDFelement, with the help of artificial intelligence, allows you to do that. For instance, you can use it to translate an English to Afrikaans document and vice versa. And these are not the only languages it supports! You can use it to effortlessly translate a document from one language to any language! What's more, is that it can translate a PDF and keep the original formatting. There's no beating it in the field of document translation.

Audrey Goodwin
Audrey Goodwin Apr 24, 24
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12 years of talent acquired in the software industry working with large publishers. Public speaker and author of several eBooks on technical writing and editing.