Get instant translations from Cortana, your personal digital assistant in Windows 10


Microsoft Translator provides translations whenever and wherever you need them. Translator is available in a number of apps for smartwatches, phones, tablets, and PCs. It is also integrated into a number of products such as Microsoft Office and Skype Translator.

To make translation even more convenient, the Cortana team has launched native translation support to Windows 10 in its US and Chinese editions.*

Cortana, with the help of Microsoft Translator, places powerful translation technology at your fingertips by instantly translating words, phrases, and sentences from English or Chinese (depending on your edition) to almost 40 languages.

There are a couple different ways to use Cortana’s translation capabilities. First, you can simply say “Hey Cortana,” followed by the word or phrase you want translated, for instance:

Hey Cortana, translate where is the nearest taxi stand in French?

Hey Cortana, how to say where is the closest grocery store in Spanish?

You can, of course, also just type directly your request in the taskbar, for example, “Translate what is the nearest 5 star hotel to German“… although this admittedly takes some of the speech (and fun) out of using the personal digital assistant.

To edit the translation, hear it with text-to-speech, or share it with a friend just click on “Open Translator” to navigate to the Microsoft Translator landing page on Bing.

Want to know if Cortana can translate in the language you need? Here is a list of all of the languages you can translate to:

Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Farsi
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Klingon (pIqaD)
Korean
Latvian
Malay
Maltese
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Welsh

Sometimes, if Cortana misunderstands you or does not have the Translation, the assistant opens up a web page after performing a web search for it.

Hopefully next time you want to know the translation of a word or phrase in a specific language, Cortana will lend you a hand. All you have to do is ask!

Do you need translation of signs and menus, or do you need translation support when you are not connected to the web? Try out the Microsoft Translator apps for Windows Phone and Windows PC that lets you more finely tune your translation, and include camera translation, offline translation, and more!

For more Windows 10 resources, don’t forget to check out the Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page. Or if you have any questions, you can always post to Windows 10 Forums at Windows Central for more help.

Apps Powered by Microsoft Translator:

*Cortana is also available in Windows Phone 8.1 in China. More versions of Windows 10 to be supported in the near future.


Comments (5)

  1. andFishGoBlub says:

    nice work. "Open Translator" should open the translator app if its installed and the web interface if it's not. I use Cortana frequently but usually via keyboard (not voice). It would be great if I could just type "how do I say hello in german?" instead of having to type "hey Cortana, how do I say hello in german?"

  2. Byron Adams says:

    Would be nice if I did have to always copy and paste from Skype to translate. What I mean is it should not have to my a special Skype translator for just text translation.

  3. Sean Liming says:

    Nice feature! another idea would be to have Cortana translate a current web page or automatically open the page in Bing translator.

  4. Shaily says:

    @andFishGoBlub: Good suggestion for "Open Translator". This is in our list of items.

    You can type in the queries without "Hey Cortana". Please try typing in Cortana "How to say hello in German?".

    We are working on supporting the below pattern ("How do I Say X..")  via Text input. Please stay tuned for new updates

  5. Shaily says:

    @Sean Liming: Nice suggestion. We will look into supporting this

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