32 responses

  1. Isidore
    November 15, 2017

    Well I’m definitely no Mandarin expert, but don’t questions in Mandarin always end in ‘ma’ indicating a question? No ‘ma’ where expected!

  2. Nevin
    November 15, 2017

    Specifically, it has to be American English. Oddly, it won’t translate from Canadian or British English yet.

    • ecc
      November 16, 2017

      yeah, I’ve known of this feature since 11.0 went public, yet “It won’t translate Canadian English”. It get’s my dictation 100%, word-for-word. Yet, it replies with that error. Very frustrating. It literally has the correct words in text form – just translate that. But no.

    • Louie
      November 17, 2017

      And it’s only from english, not into english from any of the other available languages. By the way, when the author of the article listed the languages into which Siri can translate (German, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese), he forgot one: Siri can also translate into Spanish (pronounced in Castilian style rather than Latin American).

  3. mkummer
    November 15, 2017

    Hopefully the German average translation is a little better than the examples, that would be in correct German: „Ich möchte das Hühner-Schnitzel bestellen.“ – Schnitzel is not „die“ but „das“ and Viener is spelled „Wiener“ after the capital of Austria, Vienna, in German „Wien“.

    • Dr.S
      November 16, 2017

      chicken translated to german as Chicken is an absolute flop.
      Mein Gott Apple…!

    • nutzer
      November 17, 2017

      I totally agree :D

      Da macht sich Apple zum Fallobst! ;-)

    • Louie
      November 17, 2017

      I’ve tested with spanish and no, it’s not alwys the best transtation. Also noticeable, the spanish translations are usually read using castilian (Spain) spanish pronunciations rather than Latin american. For example it will read ‘Gracias’ (spanish for thank you) as grah-thee-as (Spain pronunciation) as opposed to grah-see-as (Mexican and Latin American pronunciation).

  4. David Rhodes
    November 15, 2017

    It would be easier to learn a foreign language than to understand a Siri translation………….

    • Louie
      November 17, 2017

      Yeah. In spanish, for example, they chose to have Siri read the translations with the pronunciation used in Spain. While that is not by any means incorrect, it would certainly feel kind of weird if used while traveling in Mexico or other countries in Latin America.

  5. Bevan
    November 15, 2017

    The Chinese translation is actually completely wrong. It didn’t translate iPhone X correctly.

  6. Kent Norton
    November 15, 2017

    When I go back to Indiana, I would like it to translate Indianaese language. Also another dialect spoken in Indiana Kentucky Tennessee is Rednekonics which is redneck English

    • Banjo Billy
      November 15, 2017

      Siri has a hard time with rural American dialects. I asked Siri “Y’all gon git up der crik ta warsh up? Ain’t ya?” and it just searched the web for me for some gibberish. So apparently some of the American Rednekonics language is just too challenging, but Siri did seem to figure out the Midwestern dialect of adding “dontcha know” and “eh” to the end of every sentence, eh.

      I suppose Siri expects Americans to speak in civilized tongue to translate efficiently to other civilized languages. Yeehaw!

  7. Walter
    November 15, 2017

    I seem to remember in Douglas Adam’s books (Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy) there is a Babel fish which placed in the ear translates any language to the user’s. Siri is now a babel fish.

  8. Elva
    November 15, 2017

    Siri, won’t translate from Australian English. Any idea when this could happen?

    • Kermo
      November 15, 2017

      Odd that Siri can’t figure out all English translations, particularly considering that Australian and British English are the same English as American English except with a few minor differences in accent, spelling and slang…

      You could always change your iPhone or iPad to be American English as the language, then it would translate just fine. For a long time I had mine set differently so I could enjoy the accents of Siri, but then you can now change the Siri accent without doing that.

  9. William Clark
    November 15, 2017

    Absolutely bloody useless. Just tells me it can’t translate from my (very refined) English accent. What a waste of space.

  10. Anne
    November 15, 2017

    I just discovered that I can’t use the work around on my old ipad ( to translate sites written in another language) on my brand new ipad.

    You have to download a couple of Bing apps.

    One of them is not available in Canada (but is available in the US). This is extremely bizarre.

    Pretty discouraging to put out for a new iPad and find out it can’t do things your old one could.

    I never use Siri. When I get asked to talk to robots on the phone, they never understand me. My iphone has never even once recognized my fingerprint. The ipad, maybe ⅓ of the time.

    AI is overrated.

  11. Terry Wright
    November 16, 2017

    Unable to translate from British English yet, what is that all about!

  12. Charles Vickers
    November 16, 2017

    Does NOT work with British English so don’t throw away your copy of Translator yet

  13. Nick White
    November 16, 2017

    I have just tried using this, OS 11.1.1 iPhone 6 Plus, Siri’s responders with i’m Not able to translate yet

  14. Howard Goodman
    November 16, 2017

    Just tried it, does not work with British English. Any idea when it will, as I travel a lot overseas

  15. no way
    November 16, 2017

    It’s clear that the problem is that when translating “I’d like to order the chicken schnitzel” in German Siri’s reply should be: “Hey you idiot, Schnitzel is made with pork not chicken!!!!!”

    • Paul
      November 16, 2017

      LOL, but tell Siri I’ve had chicken schnitzel before, explain that!

    • Dr.S
      November 17, 2017

      The Real Wiener Schnitzel is from calf!

      @RealWienerSchnitzel….

  16. Ian T
    November 16, 2017

    In the UK – Siri is not yet able to translate from British English. I confirmed this today and that was the message.

    Presumably, that applies wherever I am in the world

  17. Gorbnar
    November 16, 2017

    Siri translates my cat’s meows and we now have quite lenghty, meaningful conversations!

  18. RM
    November 16, 2017

    No Japanese?!? Siri is dumber than I thought.

  19. Denis5
    November 16, 2017

    Won’t work from French to any L.

    Siri say, change your main language….

    Propably Iphones are made for US only….

  20. Mike
    November 16, 2017

    Waste of time and effort. All you get is “I can’t translate British English yet. Sorry about that.”
    Come on Cupertino – get your poop together.

  21. Sherif
    November 17, 2017

    I have just tried using this, OS 11.1.1 iPhone 6 Plus, Siri’s responders with i’m Not able to translate yet

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