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Translate written words

You can translate words or phrases using the Google Translate app, or use Google Translate on the web through your browser.

  1. Go to Google Translate page.
  2. In the white text box, enter the text to translate.
  3. Next to Detect language, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Click the original language to translate from.
  5. Above the gray text box, click the click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  6. Click the language to translate to.
  7. You'll see an automatic translation. If not, click Translate.

The more text you enter, the more accurate your translation will be. Below the translation you might see pronunciation, uses, or a dictionary.

Listen to your translation

To hear your translation aloud, click Listen .

Translate longer text

Google Translate now uses technology that gives better translations. You can use it to translate whole sentences and phrases in context.

Because sentences are now translated in context, you can no longer see alternate translations for a word or phrase. Instead, select the entire sentence or text block.

There is a character limit on the amount of text that can be translated at one time. Translate longer texts using documents.

Note: This feature isn’t available in all languages.

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