Translate words and phrases into other languages using Siri. It’s easy when you know how, and here’s how:
Just say “How do you say…” and then the words you want to translate and then “… in Spanish.” Or “… in French.” Or “… in German.” (Or one of several other languages.) For example:
How do you say “Where is the bathroom” in Spanish?
You’ll see the translation written out, and also spoken. Want to hear it again? Tap the “play” button at the right of the translation.
Or… how do you say “Where is the nearest train station” in French?
Or… how do you say “I would like three pretzels with mustard” in German?
Not sure which language to translate into? Just ask “How do you say…” and then your phrase, but don’t specify a language to translate into. Then, choose a language from the list that appears. For example:
(If you scroll you’ll see that Siri also knows Mandarin Chinese.)
Tap a language and see the result.
Speaking of Russian, here’s a phrase that may have, possibly, come in handy for some people recently:
Want to go in the other direction– Spanish to English, or French to English, or German to English, or (whatever) to English? Sorry, Siri can’t do that. Not right now. (Technically Siri CAN do that, but you’d have to set the Siri language to Spanish, or French, or German, or whatever, and that messes up other things, so for now, the answer is “Sorry, Siri can’t do that.”)
Check out my Seven Super Siri Tips for more. And, check out my giant, up-to-date list of Siri articles on this site.
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Siri Tip of the Day: turn on the Flashlight
Siri Tip of the Day: Alarm Clock
Siri Tip of the Day: Show Passwords
Siri Tip of the Day: Launch Apps
Siri Tip of the Day: Get Sports Scores and Info
Siri Tip of the Day: Call Using Speaker Phone
Siri Tip of the Day: Hey Siri
Siri Tip of the Day: Battery Level
Siri Tip of the Day: Choose Siri’s Voice
Seven Super Siri tips
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