How to Use Siri's New Translation Feature in iOS 11

iOS 11 brings new functionality to Siri, including a translation feature that allows Siri to translate words and phrases spoken in English to a handful of other languages. Translation is super simple to use, and while the translations aren't always perfect, they get the gist of what you're attempting to say across to someone who speaks another language.


Using Siri Translate



  1. Activate Siri, either by holding down the Home button or using a "Hey Siri" command.

  2. Tell Siri the phrase you want to translate and the language you want it in. For example: "Siri, how do I say where's the bathroom in Spanish?"

  3. Siri will respond with the appropriate translation, both in text form and vocally. The vocal component can be replayed by pressing the play button located at the bottom of the translation.

  4. There are multiple ways to phrase your translation requests. Siri will respond to "Translate X to X language" or "How do I say X in X language?"

Available Languages


Siri can translate English to Mandarin, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. There's no two-way translation available yet - it's only English to the above listed languages. Apple has said it plans to add additional languages to the Siri translation feature following the release of iOS 11.

Apple appears to be using an in-house translation engine for Siri, as the translations do not match up with translations provided by popular services like Google Translate or Bing Translate. Also of note, while Siri can translate from English to several other languages, the translation features do not work with British, Canadian, or Australian English settings.

Because Siri speaks translations aloud, the translation feature can come in handy when traveling and trying to get simple communications across. It's a simple addition, but one that may go a long way towards making Siri more useful.

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14 months ago
Does not translate from British English... what a joke!
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14 months ago
No thanks. I'll continue to use Google Translate.

Similar to Maps, they'll continue to be far behind the features.

Should've struck a deal with Google to implement Google Translate into iOS, as I've never come across a language I couldn't translate - and I've been to a lot of places.
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14 months ago
So you can have what you want to say translated but will have no idea what the response is since there’s no two way translation. Yeah, that’s brilliant. :rolleyes:
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14 months ago

Does not translate from British English... what a joke!

So you mean you can't ask Siri to translate, "Put the torch in the boot?"
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14 months ago
Translation mappings must be hard-wired to specific dialect dictionaries. One thinks they could just duplicate the American English dictionary to Canadian, British and Australian, and then refine each one accordingly. To launch without support for those is a bit silly, since the words are largely the same.
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14 months ago

Does not translate from British English... what a joke!

bleedin’ ham shanks!


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14 months ago

Does not translate from British English... what a joke!



Doesn’t work with Canadian English either!

Pathetic.
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