Amazon has annouched the release of a new live translation feautre for all echo devices called Alexa Live Translation Mode. The feature translates speech from multiple languages in real-time, similar to Google’s live translation, which also translates live conversations between several languages. To learn more about how Alexa Live Translation mode works for real-time conversations, check out Amazon’s press release.
How to use Alexa Live Translate Mode on an Echo device
Time needed: 1 minute
- Say, “Alexa, translate English to (second language)”
Wait for Alexa to say, “Ok, ready to translate”
- Start speaking
Carry on your conversation as normal. Alexa will listen in and translate as needed.
- To stop Live Translate Mode say, “Alexa, stop”
Alexa Live Translation Mode makes conversations more accessible, but there are some restrictions to be aware of. For example, the feature will only work if the Echo device language is set to “English U.S.” To learn how to change the language on your Echo device, check out How to change Alexa’s voice, accent and language.
Another restriction is that Live Translation Mode is not supported through the Alexa app for smartphone. This is a bit of a bummer, as having access to live translation, especially when travelling to a foreign country is very helpful.
At launch, the full list of recognized languages for Live Translation Mode are:
- Brazilian Portuguese
Live Translate works on all Echo devices, but Echo Show users get an extra feature: the Echo Show’s screen displays a live translation for both speakers in each language so you can read back through the most recently-spoken sentences.
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