Translate by speech

You can translate words or phrases by speaking them to the Translate app. In some languages, you'll also hear your translation spoken back to you.

Translate by speech

Translate by speech doesn’t work in some languages. The speech button will be greyed out for languages that aren’t supported.

  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. On the Home screen, touch the language buttons at the top of the screen to select the languages to translate between.
  3. Touch the microphone icon .
  4. When prompted to "Speak now," say what you want to translate. In supported languages, you’ll hear the translation spoken back to you.

Tip: You may also be interested in translating a bilingual conversation.

Choose a dialect

In some languages, you can choose a dialect to make speech recognition more accurate.

Android
  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. Touch the Menu icon Menu icon > Settings > Speech input.
  3. In the "Dialects" section, choose your dialect.
iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. In the bottom right corner, touch the Settings icon Settings.
  3. Touch Speech input.
  4. Choose the language you want to choose a dialect for.

Translate offensive words (Android only)

By default, the Translate app doesn't allow you to translate offensive words by speaking. If you want to translate offensive words, you can turn off the offensive word filter.

  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. Touch the Menu icon Menu icon > Settings > Speech input.
  3. Next to "Block offensive words," uncheck the box.

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