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Mastering Siri Translate: Speak and Understand Any Language

“Siri, translate ‘Hello’ into Spanish.” Sounds simple, right? But behind this command lies a world of linguistic possibilities. I’ve spent over a decade at Apple, fine-tuning Siri into the versatile language tool it is today.

In this guide, we’re diving into Siri’s ability to translate your spoken words into various languages. We’ll explore voice-to-text translation and the extensive list of languages Siri supports. Whether you’re a globe-trotter or a language enthusiast, Siri’s capabilities are here to make your journey effortless and enjoyable.

Ready to embark on this multilingual adventure with Siri? Let’s get started!

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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.

“Siri, How Do You Say…?” – Unlocking Siri’s Translation Abilities

Ever been in a situation where you needed to say “Where’s the nearest coffee shop?” in Italian or “How much does this cost?” in Japanese? That’s where Siri steps in as your personal language assistant. With just a simple voice command, Siri can translate phrases and questions into multiple languages, almost like magic.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Activate Siri: Either hold down the home button or say “Hey Siri” to get started.
  2. Speak Your Phrase: Clearly state the phrase you want to be translated. For example, “Siri, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in French?”
  3. Receive Your Translation: Siri will respond with the translation, both spoken and written on your screen.

This feature is incredibly handy for quick translations on the go. Whether you’re trying to impress your international friends or navigating a foreign country, Siri is your go-to for breaking those language barriers.

“Speak to Me, Siri” – Converting Voice to Text

Siri’s talent isn’t just limited to translating spoken words into another language; it also includes converting your voice into written text in different languages. This feature is a game-changer for anyone who needs to jot down notes in another language or communicate with someone who prefers text over speech.

To use Siri for voice-to-text translation, follow these steps:

  1. Activate Siri: Start by saying “Hey Siri” or holding down the home button.
  2. Dictate Your Message: Speak the message you want to be translated. For instance, “Siri, write ‘I’ll be there in 10 minutes’ in German.”
  3. Review the Translation: Siri will display the translated text on your screen. You can then send this as a message, email, or note.

This feature is particularly useful for those moments when you need to quickly write something down in a different language but aren’t confident in your spelling or grammar. Siri’s voice-to-text translation ensures your message is accurately conveyed, saving you from any linguistic faux pas.

“Siri’s Language School” – Exploring Siri’s Language List

Curious about the extent of Siri’s linguistic skills? Siri supports a wide array of languages, making it a versatile tool for global communication. From common languages like Spanish and French to more region-specific ones like Mandarin and Arabic, Siri’s language list is impressively diverse.

Here’s a glimpse into the languages Siri can understand and translate:

  1. European Languages: Including but not limited to French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
  2. Asian Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese, among others.
  3. Other Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, and more.

To see the full list of supported languages, you can visit the Siri settings on your device. This extensive language support makes Siri an invaluable companion for travelers and language learners alike. Whether you’re trying to order a meal in Paris or asking for directions in Tokyo, Siri can help you communicate more effectively.

Remember, the world is full of languages, and with Siri, you’re never far from understanding or being understood in another tongue. Keep experimenting with different languages and watch as your world expands with every new phrase Siri translates for you.

Translation Command List

“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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Discover the World with Siri Translate

We’ve journeyed through Siri’s translation abilities, uncovering how it can be your linguistic companion. From translating phrases to converting your voice to text in different languages, Siri is a powerful tool for global communication.

Your experiences and feedback are invaluable. Have you used Siri translate on your travels or in daily life? Share your stories and questions in the comments. Your insights help us grow and improve.

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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