How to translate documents and text in Word on Mac

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If you use Microsoft Word on your Mac for creating documents, then you know it has some nice features. And if you’re writing something that you want to translate into another language, Word has that feature built right into it.

You can translate an entire document or just specific text. So if you want to send or share your work with someone speaking a different dialect, in business for example, this is handy.

Here’s how to translate documents in Word for Mac.

The best Apple Watch travel apps for an easier trip

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There’s no easier way to keep up with your travel arrangements than right from your wrist. With Apple Watch travel apps, you can check your flight, view your accommodations, look for restaurants, translate a language, and convert currency.

If you’re getting ready for your next trip, make sure to check out our list of the best Apple Watch travel apps to make your journey a bit easier.

How to use Siri to translate on HomePod

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If you own a HomePod, then you already know that it’s more than just a fancy speaker. You can use HomePod and Siri to set up timers while you cook, get the local weather, and catch up on your favorite sports teams.

So, if you need to translate a language, of course, Siri can help. Here’s how to use Siri to translate on your HomePod.

The best apps for translating text on iOS

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Communicating in different languages shouldn't be a barrier. In a diverse world, being able to understand or make sense of different languages can be important. Thankfully, our smartphones have enough power, always-on internet access, and some powerful apps for helping bridge the language gap.

Whether it's translating a text message, website, street sign, or menu, we've found some of the best apps for translating text, speech, and the world around you into something you can understand.

How to use Siri to translate languages

In addition to being your trusted all-round digital assistant, Siri on iOS 11 doubles as a personal translator in your pocket or purse. Just summon Siri and ask her to translate a word, phrase or sentence into one of the supported languages.

The translation is displayed on the screen and Siri also reads it aloud.

This can be quite handy in a number of situations, especially if you're a traveller visiting a foreign country. And with iOS 11's new Type to Siri option, you can type the source text to Siri.

Here's how to use Siri to translate languages.

Supported languages

At present, Siri can translate from English into the following languages:

French German Italian Mandarin Spanish

Apple will add more languages to the Siri translator in the future. At present, Siri is unable to translate from other languages into English but Apple may add this feature down the road.

As a reminder, the Siri translator requires iOS 11 or later and is unsupported on older iOS editions. This feature is currently in beta so hiccups and quirks are to be expected. Keep in mind that translation requires Siri language to be set to U.S. English in Settings.

How to have Siri translate languages

To translate custom text, words or phrases, hold down the Home button to invoke Siri (or use “Hey Siri”) and ask something along the lines of “How do I say [PHRASE] in [LANGUAGE]”.

Here are some examples:

“How do I say 'What are the most popular dishes in your restaurant' in Mandarin?” “How do I say 'What are the best hotels in Rome' in Italian?” “How do I say 'Where is the nearest train station' in Spanish?” “How do I say 'Do you speak English' in French?” “How do I say 'Where's the best beer in Berlin' in German?”

A shorter form is also possible, for example, “Translate 'Where's the Louvre' into French”.

Up pops a card showing the translation. You can copy the text to the clipboard for pasting into other apps, if you'd like, or press the Play button to have Siri repeat the spoken translation.

Reading out the translation takes advance of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence, which makes Siri's new male and female voices on iOS 11 more natural than ever before, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking.

Complex queries may confuse Siri.

If Siri cannot distinguish between the preamble and the query itself, use a shorter form “Translate into [LANGUAGE]”. For example, just tell Siri, “Translate into German” and she will follow up with a question about the phrase you'd like translated.

You can even ask Siri to pronounce a specific word in a foreign language without the “How do I say” preamble. Here are some examples of that:

“Say ‘beer' in German” “Hey Siri, say ‘steak' in Spanish” “Say ‘expensive' in Italian” “Hey Siri, say ‘bread' in French”

Siri remembers the last language used for translation, which makes it super easy to follow up without the “How do I say” preamble.

For instance, say you ordered a pound of bananas from a market stall proprietor in Spain (“How do I say 'I need a pound of bananas' in Spanish?”). Simply tell Siri, “Say thanks”, as a follow up query and she will translate it into Spanish because you're continuing the same thread.

If you happen to use multiple iOS and macOS devices, it may be a good idea to enable cross-device syncing for Siri in iCloud settings on your iPhone, iPad and Mac to ensure you have the same Siri experience across all the devices you use.

As our final tip for you, boys and girls, you can ask Siri to translate the same phrase into multiple languages. Say you asked Siri to translate “Can I get a glass of water, please?” into Spanish. All you need to do in order to have Siri translate that same phrase into French or German is to follow up with a “in French” or “in German”.

Pretty sweet, no?

Using Siri translator without talking

If you find yourself in a situation where talking into your iPhone isn't a desirable option, consider enabling the Type to Siri option in Settings → General → Accessibility → Siri. This will let you type your queries to Siri instead of voicing them.

This is perfect if you want to use the Siri translator while standing in a line at a bank or a store.

When you use Type to Siri, she'll still read the translation aloud. Thankfully, you can fix that by turning on the Control with Ring Switch option in Settings → Siri → Voice Feedback.

This silences all Siri audio feedback when you turn your iPhone's mute switch to silent.

Siri will still display the translation on the screen, but won't read it out aloud unless you tap the Play button. If you feel like using Type to Siri but want the freedom to run voice-based queries without disabling the feature, be sure to enable the Hey Siri feature in Settings.

This will let you use the “Hey Siri” hotword to summon Siri for hands-free translations while still being able to hold down the Home button at any time in order to type. your query for those times when talking to your phone in public isn't appropriate.

And if you use EarPods, AirPods or other headphones with your iPhone, you can of course hear the translated phrase or the correct pronunciation of a foreign word without disturbing others.

Use cases

Siri-powered translations may not be for everyone, but it's definitely good to have options and have a piece of mind knowing that this handy feature is there should you ever require it.

The Siri translator may come in handy in a number of situations.

Out at a French restaurant (which cam be a lot of fun) but don't know the basic restaurant vocabulary? Just have Siri translate your order and hold up the phone for the waiter to read.

Or, maybe you're walking down the streets of Berlin and wondering where the nearest beer pub is. Just ask Siri to translate the query into German, then have her read the translation aloud to a random person on the street.

Last but not least, the Siri translator can be even helpful when learning foreign languages, especially if you're unsure about the correct pronunciation of a word or a phrase.

I'm sure you can come up with some compelling use cases for the Siri translator of your own. If so, please do share them with others by posting in the comments section below.

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Google Translate’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese

In addition to updating the Popular Times feature in Google Maps for iPhone and iPad with real-time data, the search giant also issued another noteworthy update, this one concerning its dedicated Translate app on App Store. Bumped to version 5.5, the free download can now translate photos of signs, menus and similar items from Japanese to English, and vice versa. That's because its augmented reality feature, called Word Lens, has been updated to recognize Japanese content on photos and video.

How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)

If you have ever tried to wrap your head around a second language, the effectiveness of reading books or news of that foreign origin will not have escaped you: aside from proactively memorizing words and grammar, it’s probably the quickest way to getting a grasp of the concept of any foreign language. While it is no longer a secret that Apple provides a set of built-in dictionaries for when you stumble upon a word unbeknownst to you, there is an important distinction between some of the dictionaries available to you.

The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. actual language to language translation) and scrutinize if your language of choice is one of the few lucky ones Apple decided to support beyond the thesaurus. Following that is a quick demonstration on how to translate the words in question to English. Read on to find out why some dictionaries are simply better than others.

Instagram is working on a text translation feature

Yesterday, Instagram took to its own photo-sharing service to announce that it's working on a text translation for its mobile app. The new feature will begin rolling out in the coming month.

A Translation button will appear on feed stories and profile bios if they're written in languages different from your own. Captions and comments on posts in your feed and the bio on your profile will be translated automatically based on the language they're written in and the language settings of the person viewing it.