Can I translate my spoken text with the web translator?
Yes, you can use our speech-to-text function on the web translator to translate your spoken texts. By using the microphone of your device, your spoken words will be transcribed and translated directly in our web translator. You will receive the translation as text.
This article covers the following topics related to the translation of your spoken texts:
- Availability of the speech-to-text function
- Using the speech-to-text function
- Consent to record your spoken text
Note: This function is being rolled out gradually and it might not yet be available for all users right away. As this function is brand new, we are continuously working on improving it and collecting feedback before wider release.
Availability of the speech-to-text function
The speech-to-text function is available on the web translator and in the mobile apps. To learn more about the speech-to-text function in the mobile apps, go to this article.
Please note that the speech-to-text function on the web translator is currently not available for team subscriptions.
This function currently supports spoken input for the following languages only:
All supported source languages are marked by a microphone icon . More languages will follow soon.
Using the speech-to-text function
Before you start translating, make sure that you allow the website www.deepl.com to use your microphone with your browser.
To translate your spoken text:
- Select a supported language
- Click on the microphone icon to start recording
- If required, give your consent for the usage of the function (only necessary for the first time)
- Speak into your microphone
- Click on the red recording icon to stop recording
Your texts will be automatically transcribed and translated into text.
You can record up to 30 seconds of speech. After 30 seconds, the recording will stop and your text will be translated.
The recording will also stop if there is no speech detected for longer than 15 seconds while recording.
Important: Please note that you may not enter personal data or sensitive information into the web translator via speech-to-text when using the free version DeepL Translator. More information about this can be found in our Terms & Conditions.
Consent to record your spoken text
When using the speech-to-text function for the first time, you will be asked to consent to your voice being recorded when you use this function. To give your consent, click OK at the bottom of the pop-up message.
Your recordings will be temporarily stored by DeepL to improve our services, but only when using the free version of the DeepL Translator, both with or without a DeepL account.
You can withdraw your consent for the use of this function at any time by clearing your website data, or the cookies in your browser. Your browser cookies can be deleted in the privacy section of your browser's settings. The next time you click the microphone icon, you will then be asked to give your consent again. For more specific information on how to delete cookies in different browsers, see this article.
Information about whether you have given your consent is stored in a cookie (speechToTextConsent) on the DeepL website. When you clear your browser cookies, this information is deleted and your consent is withdrawn.