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Hands On: Siri's Translation Features in iOS 11

In iOS 11, Siri has a new feature that lets you ask the personal assistant to translate English into one of several different languages. We already did a Siri overview video showing off Siri's new capabilities, but we thought we'd take a closer look at translate, which can come in handy when you're traveling.

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Translate works as expected -- ask Siri how to say something in another language, and Siri does it. For example, you might say "Translate 'Where's the bathroom' to Spanish," or "How do I say 'I am a vegetarian' in Chinese?"

When translating, Siri speaks the translation aloud, so whomever you're speaking to can hear what you have to say directly in their language. There's also a button for quickly repeating the spoken translation.

Siri can translate English to Mandarin, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, but not the other way around. Apple says there are plans to expand the feature to include additional languages in the coming months.

As you might have noticed, Siri's new translating abilities are accompanied by a more natural, human sounding voice with better pronunciation and inflection. Siri's also much smarter in iOS 11, thanks to new on-device learning functionality and cross-device syncing. Siri can also make suggestions based on your browsing habits, and it knows more about music.

For details on Siri's new capabilities and all of the other features in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup.

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21 months ago
What really would be cool is this:

Hey, Siri, please interpret a conversation between English and Spanish for me.

Then you and who you are speaking can say whatever you want in English and Spanish, pause, and let Siri translate that on the fly for each sentence.

Then "Hey, Siri, stop interpreting." to stop.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago
Siri, do a translo on this gabber from blighty to frog.

Siri: I'm sorry I can't yet translate Australian English.

Strewth.
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
...which means that all over the world, fat American tourists will be yelling at Siri on their phones, then shoving them into the faces of locals: "DID YOU GET THAT?? I. NEED. A. BATH. ROOM."

Much better than trying to actually learn the language.


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Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago

Hard to believe that this will work well considering how awful siri is.


I'm guessing you haven't used it in a while.

I use siri (well, voice dictation ... same difference for these purposes) for any text messages I send when:
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* It's going to be longer than a short-ish sentence, and,
* I'm not at my computer to type it out

Yeah, I'll have to occasionally correct a word or two, but as long as I don't go out of my way to speak like I have mouth full of marbles, it usually works pretty well. Certainly a lot faster than tapping out a long message.
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago

Siri, do a translo on this gabber from blighty to frog.

Siri: I'm sorry I can't yet translate Australian English.

Strewth.


Damn is that even English?
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago
Hard to believe that this will work well considering how awful siri is.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago
It would be fun if you have mods, like:
Translate into German but as Darth Vader.
Or into Spanish but as Enrique Iglesias.
Or from Spanish to English but as Sean Connery
Or from Spanish to English as Joda.

[MEDIA=youtube]cas-B-CGnLk[/MEDIA]
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago
Pretty awesome that we can do this, but I am more impressed with the translate google app that you just point at something and it auto translate it 'live', augmented reality used correctly.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago

Fantastic in a taxi, until you forget a pen or the guy doesn't write in block capitals. It's really apples and oranges.

Right now Siri can't even understand basic english

"Open Safari"
(cuts off after open: WHAT YOU SAY? OPEN WHA?)
"Open Safari"
"There is no app called 'open safari' ..."

So I have very little hope on having this work outside in the busy streets where you play tourist.
I rather point it at a sign that says "this is a taxi spot" and i dont have to ask someone where if this is where i wait for the bus or can find a cab .. (random example).
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago
She can't even understand English. Give me a break.
Rating: 2 Votes

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