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As of Safari 14.0, Apple has added a translation function directly in the browser. At the time of writing, the feature is in beta, but fully functional. If your Mac is running the latest version of macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, or later, you can access the translation feature.
The translation functionality works between the following languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese.
By default, you can translate any of the above languages into English. You can also add more languages to the mix (we’ll talk more about that below).
To get started, open a web page in one of the supported languages. Safari will automatically recognize that language and you will see “Translation Available” in the URL bar, along with a Translation button; Click It.
If this is your first time using the function, a popup will appear. Click on “Enable Translation” to enable the feature.
Select ‘Translate to English’ from the translation menu.
The text on the page is immediately converted to English as shown in the image below. The Translation button will also turn blue.
To turn off the translation feature and return to the original language, click the Translation button again and then select “Show Original”.
As we mentioned above, you can also translate to languages other than English. To do this, click on the Translation button and select ‘Preferred languages’.
This will open the “Language & Region” menu in System Preferences. Click on the plus sign (+) here to add a new preferred language. You can add multiple languages here while continuing to use English as the default language on your Mac.
In the popup, select the languages you want to add and click ‘Add’.
System Preferences will ask if you want to make this your default language. Choose the previous default language if you want it to remain the status quo.
Now that you have added a new preferred language, you will see the translate button even when you visit web pages that are in English.
The translation process for a preferred language is the same: click the Translation button in the URL bar, then select “Translate to [the language you selected]. “
Again, you can view the original at any time by simply clicking “View Original” in the Translation menu.
If you’re traveling to a new country, you can also use the built-in Translate app on your iPhone or iPad to quickly translate speech between multiple languages.
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