Translate by speech

If your device has a microphone, you can translate spoken words and phrases. In some languages, you can hear the translation spoken aloud.

Important: If you use an audible screen reader, we recommend you use headphones, as the screen reader voice may interfere with the transcribed speech.

Translate by speech

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Choose the languages you want to translate to and from.
    • From: At the bottom left, select a language.
    • To: At the bottom right, select the translation language. 
  3. Tap Speak Speak.
    • If this button is disabled, the spoken language can't be translated.
  4. After it says "Speak now," say what you want to translate.

Tip: Learn how to translate a bilingual conversation.

Change your speech settings

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Tap Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Pick a setting. For example:
    • To automatically speak translated text: Tap Speech input. Then, turn on Speak output.
    • To translate offensive words: Tap Speech input. Then, turn off Block offensive words.
    • To choose from available dialects: Tap Region. Then, select the language and dialect.
    • To choose gender tone: Tap Tone. Then, select male or female.
      • This feature is only available for some languages. 

Change your audio pace

  1. Open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Tap Menu  and then Settings Settings and then Speed.
  3. Select Normal, Slow, or Slower.
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