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How to make your Google Assistant bilingual


  • Tech News
  • Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

After recently being announced as the first fully bilingual assistance software, the Google Assistant requires only a few quick changes to its settings for users to access the feature. — dpa

After recently being announced as the first fully bilingual assistance software, the Google Assistant requires only a few quick changes to its settings for users to access the feature. — dpa

The Google Assistant recently became the first assistance software to become fully bilingual, offering a new world of possibilities for users.

Any pair of the English, German, French, Italian and Spanish languages can be selected to be understood and responded to by the assistance software, making it ideal for bilingual households or those wanting to practise their second language.

To access this new feature on your smartphone or smart speaker, a few quick steps need to be followed by the user.

The first language of the device is usually the system language of your smartphone – so most probably English.

To then add a second language to the Google Assistant, you must access the settings section of the app and add it under the "Google Assistant Languages" section.

If you're using a Smart Speaker or similar device with Google Assistant, open the Google Home app and click the gear icon representing the Settings section.

There you will find the option for the second language under "System" and here under "Language and Input".

Choosing English as one of your main languages can be of particular benefit to non-native speakers, with the full range of functions and features available on this language setting.

While the bilingual function is not even a month old, Google already has plans to start letting users switch between three languages on the Google Assistant in the coming months. – dpa
   

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