Apple has officially launched iOS 14, and perhaps the most notable addition is the Apple Translate app. If you’ve ever used Google Translate, you already have a basic idea of how Apple’s new Translate app works. You simply write the phrase you want to translate, press Go, and there you have it: Your phrase translated into one of 11 languages. The app is really as simple as that, although it introduces a number of additional features that make it more useful.
In this article, we explain how to use iOS 14’s Translate app. This covers all its features, from translating text and changing languages to checking definitions and saving favorites. iOS 14’s new Translate app is very useful and this article will help you get the most out of it.
How to use iOS 14’s Translate app
Your default languages when you launch the Translate app for the first time are English and Spanish, provided your iPhone’s language is set to English. Here’s what you do to translate a word or phrase from English to Spanish:
Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Translate app to launch it.
step 2: When you are in Translate, tap the blank white translation window. This brings up the keyboard, which you can use to type the word or phrase you want translated. Write the word or phrase, then tap Go.
How to change language in Translate
Vintage Go takes up the translation of your word or phrase. When you start the app for the first time, the default language for translations will probably be Spanish, so if you type “I’m hungry” you will get “Tengo hambre”.
However, Translate offers a total of 11 languages to translate to and from. If you want to translate into a language other than Spanish, just click on the tab in the upper right corner of the screen where there is “Spanish”. This will display a list of 11 languages:
- Chinese (mainland China)
- English (either US or UK)
- French (France)
- German (Germany)
- Italian (Italy)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Spanish (Spain)
Tap the language you want to translate to, then tap Done. You can also change the language you are translating from by tapping the tab in the upper left corner of the screen (this should say “English” for anyone whose iPhone is set to English).
How to translate using speech in iOS 14’s Translate app
Aside from writing words or phrases, iOS 14’s Translate also lets you speak words and phrases. To translate speech, just press Microphone symbol at the bottom of the screen and start talking. The app waits until you are done and then produces a translation automatically without you having to press anything.
If you have selected English and French as two languages, the app will automatically detect which of these two is spoken. In other words, there is no need to select French as the first language (in the upper left tab) and English as the second (top right) if you want to translate some spoken French into English. The app recognizes which is spoken automatically, even if it does not automatically detect a language you has not selected.
Another nice feature of Translate is that the app uses synthesized speech to tell you about its translations. These will be spoken automatically when the app produces a translation. However, you can press the small Play button on the right side of the screen to repeat all the phrases spoken by the app. This is good for learning pronunciation, and you can press turn up the volume and turn it down to adjust the volume accordingly.
How to save favorites and check definitions
The above covers the basics of Translate, but there are a couple of other useful features that are worth mentioning.
The first is about Favorites, which allows you to save certain words so that you can refer to previous translations. After translating a phrase, you can save the translation as a favorite by pressing Star icon at the bottom of the translation window.
You can then view your saved favorites by pressing Favorites on the tab at the bottom of the screen. Helpfully, this tab will show you unsaved previous translations under Recent. By pressing a new translation and then pressing Star you can also add it to your favorites.
Finally, you can tap translated words to see definitions. You can also find definitions for words in a translated phrase by pressing Ddictionary icon at the bottom of the translation window. These are useful if you want a little more clarification about what each word in a translated phrase means. They are also useful if you are trying to learn a foreign language and want to take notes.