Frequently Asked Questions


Can Kurzweil read text in languages besides English? Does it have translation abilities?

For Mac:

To translate into another language, highlight the text in question, open the Online menu, and select "Translate." Selected the desired language from the drop-down menu, and press the "Translate" button to view your text in this language.

Unfortunately, Kurzweil for Mac is sadly unable to read in languages other than English.

For Windows:

To read a document already in another language, scan/open the document in Kurzweil as normal. Under the Read menu, you can select between various reading languages with the "Language" option. Each language comes with a variety of new reading voices. Those voices with the prefix "VW" or the suffix "-tel" seem to be the best.

Kurzweil can read the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Finnish

From our testing, we have found that Kurzweil's ability to read Spanish and French is startlingly accurate, with highly intelligible voices. We cannot speak to Finnish.

To translate into another language, highlight the text in question and press the "Translate" button in the Main Toolbar. Selected the desired languages from the drop-down menus, select "Translate," and then "Read."

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