How to Use Siri Translation in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Don't know how to say "Hello" in Spanish? Use Siri to quickly translate English words, phrases or even sentences on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11. Follow this hands-on guide to know how it works!

Siri can now translate English into multiple other languages in iOS 11. So, for example if you happen to visit France and don’t know how to communicate in French, Apple’s virtual assistant can become a very helpful guide for you. Even better, it has now got a more natural human voice and understands context much better than ever before.

Currently, Siri can translate English into selected few languages such as Mandarin, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. One thing you need to know that the assistant can’t translate these languages other way around. Apple is expected to expand the feature to include more languages shortly.

How to use Siri Translate in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How to Translate Language Using Siri on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

How to Set US English As Default Language on iPhone and iPad

Make sure your iPhone has US English as the default language. If it’s not already selected, follow these steps to get it done first.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Now, you need to tap on Language & Region.

Tap on Language & Region in iPhone Settings on iOS 11

Step #3. Next up, tap on iPhone Language.

Tap on iPhone Language in iOS 11 Settings

Step #4. Select US English from the list of languages.

Change iPhone Language to US English

Step #5. Tap on Done at the top right corner. Then, confirm by tapping on Change to English (US).

Change Language of iPhone to US English

Now, wait for some time until your iPhone language has been changed.

How to Use Siri to Translate English into Other Languages on iPhone and iPad

To get started, all you need to do is simply press and hold the Home button or just say “Hey Siri” to bring up the virtual assistant into the action. Then say something like, “How do I say Good Morning in French?” The virtual Assistant will promptly translate the word, phrase or sentence not only in text but also in audio.

Translation Using Siri in iOS 11 on iPhone

Tip: Be more precise about what you want to ask. At times, Siri might get confused in understanding your question. Hence, make sure to be as straightforward as possible.

Replay the Translated Sentence: Couldn’t hear properly what Siri translated into another language? No problem. Tap on the tiny play button on the screen.

Replay Translation Using Siri on iPhone in iOS 11

Siri Knows the Context: Once you have asked Siri to translate something into a particular language, you can quickly get that word or phrase translated into another language. For instance, if you have first asked the virtual assistant–Hey Siri translate into French— “What’s your Name.” Next time, if you want it to translate the same thing, just say “In Spanish.” It will instantly translate it into that language.

Change Language While Translating Using Siri in iOS 11

Enable Type to Siri: Don’t feel comfortable to use your voice? You can now enable type to Siri on your device to ask queries by typing out questions. Head over to this quick guide to enable it.

Signing off

Siri’s new translating abilities are now more natural. It has better pronunciation and inflection. With the new on-device learning functionality and cross-device syncing, it has become pretty smart.

The virtual assistant also makes suggestions as per your browsing habits. Besides, it has got more knowledge about music than ever before.

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