Language Immersion add-on for Google Chrome

Update (1/4/16) – A number of readers have reported that they can no longer get this add-on to work. I tried it and it didn’t work for me, either. I’m afraid it might just be a case of an old extension, which hasn’t been updated in quite some time, not being compatible with the latest versions of Chrome. Pity!

If you use Google Chrome, there’s a nifty little add-on you might want to check out, called Language Immersion for Chrome. It’s built using Google’s automatic translation services, so you can select from 64 different languages. It also allows you to select a level of fluency (from beginner to fluent). The add-on takes whatever web site you’re looking at and randomly replaces words with your foreign language equivalent. Clicking on them changes them to English, and hovering over them will give you a pronunciation.

It’s certainly not something that is going to replace serious study and reading target language material, but every little bit helps, and it’s a neat way to sprinkle some language exposure into your daily web routine.

15 thoughts on “Language Immersion add-on for Google Chrome”

  1. That certainly does look like a handy plugin – will have to take it out for a spin. I wrote an article on my blog a while ago about online language immersion but missed that one!

  2. question: how do you access “rollover” sounds?

    from the description “- Roll-over a translated word to hear it pronounced.” I hate reading L2 words before I know how they sound, since naturally I imagine my L1 sounds.

    So, I’d love to “roll over” the translations and hear the pronunciation; I try and try, but no sound. Yes I’ve googled “roll-over” in all permutations, but nothing.. any clues? thanks

  3. Duke: Click on the Language Immersion button on the top bar of Chrome (where you select what language, fluency level, etc. that you want). Then click the wrench (settings button), and checkmark “speak translations.” Then when you hover your mouse over one of the translated words, it will pronounce it automatically.

    1. Hi Denis! I’ve not used this extension in a long while, but I just gave it a try, and it doesn’t seem to be working for me either. It was last updated in May of 2012, so I imagine it is no longer compatible with Chrome. Sorry!

      1. You might want to try Gloss, which provides the same functionality. We’ve also added the ability to disable the extension on specific sites and made some optimizations to the word selection algorithms to help with learning. For example, it will preferentially pick pronouns and verbs together to help you memorize verb conjugations.

        More info:
        Download page:

        Free to use for Spanish. All other languages are free for the first two weeks and $2.99/month thereafter.

        1. Hi Sami,

          Thank you for sharing! I will definitely take a look. The preferential selection of pronouncs / verbs to help with conjugations sounds like a pretty cool feature.

    1. Katherine,

      Yeah, it seems to be broken. It hasn’t been updated in ages, and I think it may just be completely incompatible with the latest versions of Chrome. 🙁

  4. I just learned about this and i was super excited for it. Sad to report that on the latest version of Chrome for Mint Linux, it gives me the “translating” spinny icon, but doesn’t do anything! Maybe we should all write the developers and ask for an update?

    1. Yeah, it’s quite unfortunate that it’s so outdated and doesn’t work any longer. I’m not sure trying to contact the devs would yield anything, but it’s worth a shot!

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