How To Translate Spanish To English: Voice To Text, Message and App
How To Translate Spanish To English: Voice To Text, Message and App

With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language, according to Ethnologue.

Spanish is part of the Indo-European family of languages, which are spoken by more than a third of the world's population. Other Indo-European languages include English, French, German, the Scandinavian languages, the Slavic languages and many of the languages of India. Spanish can be classified further as a Romance language, a group that includes French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, and Romanian. Speakers of some of those, such as Portuguese and Italian, can often communicate with Spanish speakers to a limited extent.

How to translate Spanish to English through voice on the computer

If your device has a microphone, you can translate spoken words and phrases. In some languages, you can hear the translation spoken aloud.

Translate with a microphone

Important: Supported languages vary by browser. You can translate with a microphone in Chrome and there’s limited support in Safari and Edge.

  1. Give your browser permission to use your microphone and check your microphone settings on your browser.
    • On a Mac: Microphone settings are in the System Preferences.
    • On a PC: Microphone settings are in the Control Panel.
    • On Android: Open Settings. Tap Privacy. Turn on microphone access.
    • On iOS: Open Settings. Tap Privacy and then Microphone. Next to “Google Translate,” turn on microphone access.
  2. On your computer, go to Google Translate.
  3. Choose the languages to translate to and from.
    • Translation with a microphone won’t automatically detect your language.
  4. At the bottom, click the Microphone.
  5. Speak the word or phrase you want to translate.
  6. When you're finished, click Stop.

Listen to translations spoken aloud

  1. Go to Google Translate.
  2. Choose the languages to translate to and from.
  3. In the text box, enter the content you want to translate.
  4. To hear the translation spoken aloud, click Listen.
    • To playback audio at a slower pace, click Listen again. Each time you click Listen, the audio switches between normal and slow pace.

How to translate Spanish to English through voice in Android

Translate by speech

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. At the top, select the languages to translate between.
  3. Tap Speak.
    • If this button is grayed out, the spoken language can't be translated.
  4. After it says "Speak now," say what you want to translate.

Change your speech settings

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. Tap Menu -> Settings.
  3. Pick a setting. For example:
    • To automatically speak translated text, tap Speech input. Then, turn on "Speak output."
    • To translate offensive words, tap Speech input. Then, turn off "Block offensive words."
    • To choose from available dialects, tap Region. Then, select the language and dialect.
    • To choose a gendered tone, tap Tone. Then, select male or female.
      • This feature is only available in some languages.

How to translate Spanish to English through voice in iPhone/iPad

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Translate by speech

Open the Translate app

  1. At the top, select the languages to translate between.
  2. Tap Speak.
    • If this button is grayed out, the spoken language can't be translated.
  3. After it says "Speak now," say what you want to translate.

Change your speech settings

Block offensive words

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Settings ->>>> Speech input.
  3. Turn on Block offensive words.

Change region/dialect

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Settings -> Speech region.
  3. Tap the language you want to change.
  4. Tap the region associated with the dialect you want.

Tip: Some languages don't have all dialects available.

Change your audio pace

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Settings -> Speed.
  3. Select Normal, Slow, or Slower.

How to use Google Translate to translate Spanish to English

By far, the most common use-case for the Google Translate app is to translate text that you can type in. This is why the app defaults to the text translation screen. Once you open the app, it is fairly easy to use.

As seen in the images below, on the top left corner is the language you are translating from and on the right is the language you are translating to. The app will attempt to identify your recently used languages automatically, but you can just tap on either language to get a big drop-down list of possible choices.

Step 1: To begin translation, tap in the text box to bring the virtual keyboard up and type in the word or phrase that you would like to translate.

Step 2: The app will translate it as you type. It might suggest another phrase if it thinks you have mistyped, and you can just tap that if it is what you were looking for.

Step 3: You’ll also see a small speaker icon on the left-hand side of every translation. Tap it and your device will speak the translation aloud. This can be incredibly useful when you are unsure of pronunciations.

Step 4: If you don’t have the text-to-speech option then you may need to install Google’s TTS app.

Step 5: Once installed, ensure that you select Google Text-to-Speech Engine for this to work. Here's how you can do that on Android.

Step 6: Open Settings, and tap on System.

Step 7: Select Language and input.

Step 8: Make sure the Google Text-to-speech Engine is selected.

You’ll also notice three options at the bottom of the text box. They allow you to switch to the camera for real-time translations or to take photos to upload, open up conversation mode, or turn on voice to speak your required phrase or word instead of typing it. To translate handwritten text, just click the pen icon on the right-hand side of the screen to open the handwriting screen.

What Google Translate can do

As one of the best language translation apps around, the Google Translate app offers a lot of handy features and is available for Android and iOS. Here’s everything it can do and the number of languages currently supported for each feature:

  • Text translations: Type in text (108 languages).
  • Offline translations: Type in text offline (59 languages).
  • Instant camera translations: Camera translates in real-time (94 languages).
  • Photos: Take a photo and upload for more accurate translation (90 languages).
  • Conversations: Real-time, two-way conversation (70 languages).
  • Handwriting: Draw text and characters on screen (96 languages).
  • Phrasebook: Save translated words and phrases.
  • Tap to Translate: Tap to copy text in any app and translation pops up.

How to share Spanish - English translations by Google Translate

With every translation the app returns, you have a couple of icons beneath the translated text. You can choose to copy it to your clipboard and paste it elsewhere, or you can tap the three vertical dots for more options and tap Share to share it via Messages, Bluetooth, and other apps.

How to translate Spanish to English Offline

While Google Translate used to require an internet connection, and it still works best when online, you can now use it to translate 59 languages even when you’re without an internet connection. However, you do need to download the relevant language packs first.

To do this, tap the three horizontal lines at the top left, then Offline translation. You’ll see the available languages you have downloaded at the top and can scroll down and tap on any other languages you’d like to add.

How to use the real-time camera or upload a photo to translate Spanish to English

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Google Translate offers a lot of features beyond automatically translating web pages. The real-time translation feature uses your phone camera to help you translate a sign, something on a menu, or any other written text.
Step 1: Open the Google Translate app and tap the camera icon.

Step 2: Make sure you select the language you want to translate and point the camera at the text you want to be translated. The app will find and translate the text it sees from the first language to the second.

Step 3: Once the text you want to be translated is on screen, tap the Pause icon at the bottom right to freeze your screen.

Step 4: If the app doesn’t automatically start translating on-screen, tap the Scan icon at the bottom to turn instant translation on. Bear in mind that you’ll need an internet connection for this to work. You can often get better results by scanning and selecting specific text.

Step 5: Tap Scan then hit the gray shutter button to start scanning text, then use your finger to highlight the text you want to translate or tap Select all.

Step 6: You can also tap the Import icon at the bottom right to get Google Translate to scan a photo you already took — you’ll be prompted to choose from your gallery app.

Best Spanish - English Translator Apps By Voice and Text

1. iTranslateApp

This app works well for iOS devices, but it also works on Android and through the web. It enables students, professionals, travelers, and more to speak, read, and write in over 100 languages. The Spanish-to-English translation is fast and accurate, and it includes offline support. Your camera can help you to translate signs, while the keyboard translation feature gives you instant information from your preferred messaging app.

2. Spanish Dictionary +

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A dictionary is always useful as a reference. This dictionary is especially good because it isn’t just a dictionary. This app comes with a word of the day, flashcards, scanning capability and several games. The word of the day, much like on SpanishDict, will give you a new word every day that you can try and use in a conversation.

Spanish Dictionary + will actually generate five words every day for you to study, one in each of the following categories; general, academic, common, standard and advanced. The word of the day is given in English and then you click on “dictionary” to see the word in Spanish. You can share the words on Twitter and Facebook to help challenge your fellow language learners.

3. Say Hi

Most Spanish-English translator apps come with a download fee before you can start using the software. That’s not the case with this option, which provides conversational translation through multiple dialects. The user interface is uncluttered, making it surprisingly comfortable to use. Tap a button, start speaking, and you will be a part of the conversation. You’ll find it to be one of the most accessible software options to use right now.

4. Speak and Translate

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With over 600 million downloads in its history, this option is one of the most popular Spanish-English translator apps available today. It’s the perfect choice for those who prefer iOS devices since it works with the Apple Watch and integrates across the I-series of devices. This app is also one of the best options for those who require translation help with a Mexican dialect. You receive information in real-time to ensure that everyone stays together, and no misunderstandings occur.

5. ABBY TextGrabber

Although this download doesn’t provide conversational translation support, it is an app that translates languages based on screenshots that you take. That means you can use it while sitting at a desktop or laptop, while traveling, or ordering at a restaurant with menus in Spanish. The feature can be used on maps with equal effectiveness so that you always have an idea of where to go or ask for what you need.

6. iHandy

This app provides you with the basics of the language that you hear others speak. Although it doesn’t offer a complete translation matrix, it can help people with some knowledge of Spanish to become more fluent. When you type a word that is unfamiliar to you, the translation of it immediately appears in the software. That process makes it more comfortable to use expressions or sentences natively. The tool also keeps your searches while giving you ways to connect with others through social media.

7. World Lens

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You can use this free Spanish-English translator app to understand any words that you may not know while traveling. The software recognizes what is in the picture so that you know for sure what it says. This download takes up a minimal amount of space on your device, ensuring that it can go anywhere. It does require you to take a stabilized picture for the matrix to work, but it also augments what you can see in the world today.


8. My Language Translator

This app that translates languages can also be a practical teaching tool if you want to learn how to speak Spanish. It’s one of the few downloads available today that encourages users to practice different languages as they interact with others. It provides a text-to-speech feature, a dictionary, and plenty of homework help. Although it falls a little short as a conversational tool to use for conversations, it still gives users a lot of resources.

9. Spanish Translator Pro

You can save a tremendous amount of space by cutting out apps that translate dozens of languages with this choice. It only features Spanish. That makes it a straightforward tool that can help users to find the perfect words or phrases to say without much work. You’ll need to manually translate phrases that you don’t understand when using this app, but the effort isn’t overly cumbersome. It does require a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish before it can be useful as a translation download.

10. Microsoft Translator

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If your Internet or data connection is spotty during your travels, having access to a Spanish-English translation app that works offline is essential. This tool works in real-time so that you can work together, have a conversation, and more – even if there isn’t any Wi-Fi available where you are. It comes in three packages: personal, business, and educational. It also comes with a web-based tool while providing translations across devices to ensure everyone knows what is being said. Start a conversation, offer an access code as you would with Zoom, and then anyone can join while speaking their native language.

How to translate Spanish to English in message

Facebook Messenger can now automatically translate messages between Spanish and English as part of a new M Translation feature that was first announced at F8 earlier this year, via Engadget.

M Translations join the existing M Suggestions features that are already built into Messenger for things like quick replies, polls, and sharing your location. The translation feature, which should be available now for users in the US and Mexico, will recognize when a user gets a message in a language that isn’t set as their default. Then, Messenger’s M bot will pop up and offer to immediately translate it. The feature had previously been available for users in Marketplace transactions, but it’s rolling out now to all standard Messenger conversations, too.

For now, translations only supports Spanish / English, but Facebook is apparently already working on adding other languages.

Similarities between English vs Spanish

Are there any similarities between English and Spanish? More than you’d think. I’ve just mentioned that they share the same alphabet, but they also share a common origin: the ancient Indo-European language.

They also share a few words rooted in the old Latin and Greek languages, which greatly simplifies the comprehension of many words from the other language. For example, the words photography and fotografía, or biology and biología.

These words with similar sound and meaning are called “cognates,” and comparative linguistics tells us that there are plenty of them between English and Spanish. Between 30% and 40% of English words have a related word in Spanish.

Another one of the pragmatic similarities between English and Spanish is their basic structure. This means that these languages built their sentences in pretty much the same order. Let’s take a closer look at the grammar similarities and differences between English and Spanish.

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