Use the Google Assistant to translate conversations

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

Interpreter mode languages

You can ask the Google Assistant to translate into any of the following languages.

  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

Translate a conversation

  1. Say "Ok Google."
  2. Say a command, like:
    • Be my Italian interpreter.
    • Help me speak Spanish.
    • Interpret from Polish to Dutch.
    • Chinese interpreter.
    • Turn on interpreter mode.
  3. If you haven’t identified languages, choose which languages you want to use.
  4. 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.

To stop using interpreter mode, say a command like:

  • Stop.
  • Quit.
  • Exit.

On a Smart Display, you can also swipe from left to right to stop interpreter mode.

Fix problems with interpreter mode

Can’t start 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.

Interpreter doesn’t understand you

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.

Interpreter doesn’t translate what you say

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."

Interpreter won’t turn off

Try one of the stop commands listed above using English or the language you’re translating into.

If your device is translating your stop command instead of stopping, try a different command.

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