Instant voice translation products and add-ons have gotten a lot of media play over the past couple years. Both Microsoft and Google have web translation services and Microsoft’s primary strength in this area is through its telephony app, Skype. Many others over the past many months have also produce apps and devices to help people across the world communicate quickly and effectively.
Alexa now has a skill that you can use to translate words and phrases. Called My Linguist, the skill supports both voice playback translation and Alexa app card translation (language cards that show up in the history stream in the Alexa smartphone app).
The voice playback languages supported are: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
The card translation supports all the ones supported for voice, but also a few others: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Creole, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Klingon, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Queretaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yucatec Maya.
Examples of things you can say…
“Alexa, ask My Linguist to translate <your word or your sentence here> in <your requested language>”
“Alexa, ask My Linguist to translate <your word or your sentence here>”
“Alexa, ask My Linguist to translate in <your requested language>”
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