But one new skill Assistant now offers is especially useful—real-time translation. Using Google Assistant’s new Interpreter mode, you can carry on a conversation with someone else, each of you speaking a different language. Ask Google to help you with a specific language, and the Assistant automatically translates your words so you can maintain a back-and-forth conversation with the other person.
Android users don’t need to do anything special to use Google Assistant: It’s built-in. On an iPhone, you’ll need to download and install the Google Assistant app from the Apple App Store. The Assistant’s Interpreter mode works with 44 different languages, including English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Beyond your mobile phone or tablet, Interpreter mode is accessible on Google Home speakers, certain smart speakers with built-in Google Assistant, and some smart clocks.
To get started, launch Google Assistant on your device and tell Google the language you want to use. You can phrase your command in a variety of ways, such as:
“Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.”
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