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Amazon adds live translation feature for Echo devices

Alexa can act as your interpreter in real time.

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Amazon on Monday launched a live translation feature for Echo speakers and smart displays that lets Alexa act as your interpreter. Once a translation session has started, Alexa can automatically identify what languages are being spoken and translate each side of the conversation, Amazon said in a blog post. 

"The Live Translation feature leverages several existing Amazon systems, including Alexa's automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) system, Amazon Translate, and Alexa's text-to-speech system, with the overall architecture and machine learning models designed and optimized for conversational-speech translation," the company said.

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At launch, the feature will work with language pairs including English and Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese or Hindi.

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