Viewing captions in another language

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Zoom translated captions enable users to have the speech in a meeting automatically translated in real-time to captions in another language. For example, if the speaker is speaking English in a meeting, captions can be made available in Spanish, Chinese, Ukrainian, and more.

Available caption languages are determined by the host in web settings before the meeting, but participants can freely enable captions and select the language they want to use for translation without the need of the host during a live meeting.

Supported languages currently include:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Simplified)(Beta)
  • Russian
  • Japanese (Beta)
  • Korean (Beta)
  • Dutch
  • Ukrainian

This article covers:

Prerequisites for viewing translated captions

How to view translated captions

Enabling captions in a meeting

Any participant in the meeting can self-enable captions, as they are no longer dependent on the host to enable.

  1. Join a Zoom meeting.
  2. Click the Show Captions  button.
    Captions will appear above the controls toolbar. By default, English is set as the speaking language the captions are generated in.

Changing the speaking language for captions

If the speaker is presenting in another language, you can change the language the captions are generated from. By default, English is set as the speaking language the captions are generated from. If the presentation you are viewing is in another language, for example French, you can change input language so that captions are generated more accurately in French.

  1. Next to the Show Captions button, click the  button.
  2. Click the Speaking Language: English menu and select the appropriate language the captions should be generated from.
    Once selected, captions will be generated based on the language chosen.

Notes:

  • This only changes the language the captions should be generated from. This does not provide a translation into another language other than what the presenter is speaking.
  • Choice of Speaking Language will be saved and applied to future meetings.

Translating captions into another language

If the speaker is presenting in another language and you want the captions to be generated into your language, Zoom can translate the captions into your preferred language. This is done in real-time during the meeting, and can be set by each individual participant.

Language pairs (the input speaking language and the output caption language) available to participants are determined by the host’s settings.

  1. Next to the Show Captions button, click the  button.
  2. Under the Translate to section of the menu, click on the language you want the captions translated to. Click the More option to see more available languages.
    Once a different language is chosen, the captions will be generated and translated into that language for you. Other participants can choose a language for their captions independently of your chosen language.

Note: Choice of Translate to language will be saved and applied to future meetings.

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