Siri Translation Commands

Siri Translation Commands

Here you’ll find everything you need to have Siri translate for you on your iPhone. Learning all the ins-and-outs of what you can ask Siri is essential to getting the most out of your iPhone. For instance, did you know Siri can help you translate languages? With no App required, Siri will translate from English to 10 different languages.

See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of translation commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.

FAQs

Do I need an App to translate on iPhone?

No. Just use Siri and save yourself the time and space on your iPhone. Check out the commands below.

What languages does Siri know?

Starting with English, Siri can translate into these languages:

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Can siri translate voice to text?

Yes. All commands below will give you both text and speech translations.

Keeping Up With Siri

Want to learn all 366 commands you can ask Siri to do? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Keeping Up With Siri. In this series, I outline Apple’s Siri Guide with the full lineup of commands and capabilities. This area focuses on using Siri to translate between languages.

Let’s get started.

Translation Commands

“Hey Siri, what’s “I love you’ in French?”

When given this command, Siri reads back the phrase in English first. Then Siri uses the French female voice to speak the translation. You’re also presented with this UI:

French Translation Example
French translation example

“Hey Siri, say ‘this is delicious’ in Mandarin”

When given this command, Siri reads back the phrase in English first. Then Siri uses the Mandarin female voice to speak the translation. You’re also presented with this UI:

Mandarin Translation Example
Mandarin translation example

“Hey Siri, translate ‘where’s the train station’ to Spanish”

When you use this command, Siri reads back the phrase in English first. Then Siri uses the Spanish voice to speak the translation. You’re also presented with this UI:

Spanish Translation Example
Spanish translation example

“Hey Siri, what languages can you translate?”

When I ask this command–with Siri Language set to English (U.S.)–I get the below list of 10 languages.

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

I expect this list changes, depending on what your default language is set to. I also expect this list to grow over time as Siri gets smarter.

Siri has extensive translation features built right in—no extra app needed. Check out what else you can do with Apple’s Voice Assistant in Keeping Up With Siri Commands. In this series, I highlight the complete list of capabilities Siri can do.

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