Translate written words

You can translate words or phrases using the Google Translate app or a browser, like Chrome or Safari.

Note: To translate in Chrome on your mobile device, you need Javascript. Learn how to turn on Javascript.

Translate text

Tip: To give the right context to your translation, write your word or phrase in a complete sentence.

  1. On your computer, go to Google Translate.
  2. In the text box on the left, enter the word or phrase you want to translate.
  3. To select a different language:
    • Small screens: Click the language at the top.
    • Medium and large screens: For more options, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Choose what you want to do.
    • Listen: To hear the translation out loud, click Listen Listen.
      Tip: To hear the translation at a slower speed, click Listen Listen again.
    • Share: To send the translation via another app, click More More and then Share translation.
    • Copy: To copy the translation to the clipboard, click Copy Copy.
    • Edit: To offer a different translation to be reviewed by the Translate Community, click More More and then Suggest an edit.

​Important: To get these options on small and medium screens, you could have to click More More.​

Translate longer text

You can translate up to 5,000 characters. To translate longer pieces of text, cut and paste the text in blocks, or upload an entire document. Learn how to upload entire documents to Google Translate.

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