Amazon has decided to break down language barriers with the new feature it rolled out on Alexa. On December 14, 2020, Jeff Bezos' firm launched an option called "Live Translation" on its voice assistant. While it is still in its infancy, we already know that it will be of great use.
Live Translation will indeed translate in real time a discussion between two people who do not speak the same language. To use Amazon's words, Alexa will play the role of interpreter and translate both sides of the conversation.
For the moment, this option is only available in the United States on the brand's Echo devices.
Explore 7 different languages with Live Translation
For its debut, Live Translation supports the translation of seven languages . Thus, you will be able to engage in a discussion with people speaking English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese or Hindi.
Thanks to this function, you will no longer have to worry about understanding.
Using Live Translation is very easy. All you need to do is speak to Alexa and ask her to translate your words into one of the available languages. To do this, all you have to do is say: “Alexa, translated into French. "This order will allow the application to translate from English to French.
Amazon helps you learn new languages
The Echo device on which you use this feature will beep to let you know when you need to start speaking. If you are using an Echo Show, you will see the real-time translation of your chat appear on the screen. You can take breaks between two sentences. When the conversation resumes, Alexa will automatically detect the language in which one of the parties is speaking. The voice assistant will do the translation accordingly. To end the translation, all you have to do is say: “Alexa, stop. "
Live Translation can have multiple uses, as Amazon points out. Beyond allowing users to understand each other, it can also help them learn new languages.
“Users will be able to interact with this Alexa option in a number of ways. They will be able to use Live Translation to communicate with friends and family members who speak a different language and to practice speaking or learning sentences in new languages. "