How to Translate Phrases Using Alexa and Google Home
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With the many things that the Amazon Echo and Google Home can do, it’s no surprise that translating phrases is on that list. But how do the two devices compare when it comes to translating from English into other languages?

How to Translate Phrases Using Alexa

To translate words or phrases with the Amazon Echo you can use basic phrases like:

  • “Alexa, how do you say [phrase] in [language]?”

Some of the languages that worked for us included Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Swedish, Korean, and Italian, and the translations are powered by Bing.

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Translated claims to be able to translate into more than 30 languages, but in many cases (Arabic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Flemish, and many more), we got an error message. Some of the languages that worked included Russia, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

For the languages in which the skill actually works, the following voice commands can be used with Alexa:

  • “Alexa, open Translated.”
  • “Alexa, ask Translated how do you say [phrase] in [language].”
  • “Alexa, ask Translated to say [phrase] in [language].”

You can have her repeat or slow down the phrase.

How to Translate Phrases Using Google Home

To translate words or phrases using Google Home, you can just ask the smart home device what you want to say:

  • “Hey Google, how do you say [phrase] in [language]?”
  • “Hey Google, what’s [phrase] in [language]?”

Google Home’s supported languages for translations include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Chinese.

Languages that are not yet supported include Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Amharic.

Alexa vs. Google Home: Which One Is Better?

Unsurprisingly, given Google’s wealth of translation services, the overall experience, accuracy of translation, and pronunciation were far more successful with Google Home.

The Alexa Translated app simply doesn’t say what it says it can do, and Alexa’s translations, whether using the Translated skill or not, are extremely choppy.

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