Translate conversations with interpreter mode
You can ask the Google Assistant to translate your conversation with someone who doesn’t speak your language.
Note: For now, you must use English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish to start using interpreter mode. After you’ve started interpreter mode, you can ask the Google Assistant to translate between more languages.
Devices you can use
- All Google Home speakers
- Some speakers with Google Assistant built-in
- All Smart Displays
Languages you can translate between
You can ask the Google Assistant to translate into any of the following languages.
- Say "Ok Google."
- Say a command, like:
- Be my Italian interpreter.
- Help me speak Spanish.
- Interpret from Polish to Dutch.
- Chinese interpreter.
- Turn on interpreter mode.
- If you haven’t identified languages, choose which languages you want to use.
- When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language. You don’t have to alternate between languages for interpreter mode to work.
On a Smart Display, you’ll both see and hear the translated conversation.
On a Smart Display, you can also swipe from left to right to stop interpreter mode.
Fix problems with interpreter mode
Step 1: Check which command you’re using
Make sure you use one of the commands listed above to start interpreter mode.
These commands won’t start interpreter mode:
- Speak [language].
- Can you speak [language]?
- Translate [language].
Step 2: Check your device
Interpreter mode won’t work with some speakers that aren’t made by Google. Check with your manufacturer to find out if interpreter mode works with your device.
Step 1: Wait for the tone
You’ll hear a tone after any spoken translation. If you speak before the tone, your device may not hear everything you say.
Step 2: Make sure the device can hear you
Stay close to your device and limit the number of other conversations near you.
Step 1: Speak clearly
Articulate the words and limit extra noise so your device can determine which language you’re speaking.
Step 2: Check your pronunciation
If you’re translating between two languages that share words, your device may not be able to tell which language you’re speaking.
For example, if you want to translate the word "bueno" from Spanish to English but speak with an English accent, your device might translate from English to Spanish instead. In that case, you’ll hear the Spanish word - "bueno" - rather than the expected English word, "good."