How to use Siri Translate
iOS 11 brings us Siri Translate. The feature is not complete by any means, but is a step in the right direction.
The biggest caveat is that Siri can translate from US English to several other languages, but the translation features do not work with British, Canadian, or Australian English settings, so the default language has to been changed before usage.
Settings > Siri & Search > Language > English (United States)
At time of writing, Siri can translate from English to French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. Right now translation in the reverse direction isn’t available. Apple plans to release further languages over time.
To use Siri Translate:
- Activate Siri by holding down the home button or saying ‘Hey Siri’.
- Speak the phrase you want to be translated, preceded by ‘How do I say’ and followed by the language you want it in.
‘How do I say where is the nearest hotel in German?’
Siri will respond by reading out the translation and displaying the text on screen. To play the audio again, press the the play button located at the bottom right of the translation.
You can also follow up your initial translation request by asking for the same phrase in another language.
For example, while the results screen is still displayed, say ‘In French?’
Siri will then update the audio and text phrase.