Translate by speech

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

Translate by speech

Computer
  1. Visit the Google Translate page.
  2. In the bottom left corner of the text box, touch the microphone .
  3. When told to "Speak now," say what you want to translate. In some languages, you'll hear the translation spoken back to you.
Mobile browser

Translating by speech isn't available on mobile browsers.

Translate app

Translating by speech doesn't work in some languages. The speech button will be grayed out for languages that can't be translated that way.

  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. Touch the language buttons at the top of the screen to select the languages to translate between.
  3. Touch the microphone .
  4. When told to "Speak now," say what you want to translate. In some languages, you'll hear the translation spoken back to you.

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

Choose a dialect

In some languages, you can choose a dialect so Google can better understand what you say.

Android
  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. Touch the Menu 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 Settings  > Speech input.
  3. Choose the language you want to choose a dialect for.
  4. Choose your dialect.

Translate offensive words (Android app only)

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

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

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