Alexa will now speak Spanish, including in multi-lingual mode

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At an Amazon’s hardware event held last month in Seattle, the company declared plans to start multi-lingual modes for its Alexa devices.

In the U.S., Canada, and India, the smart voice assistant would be capable of speaking a blend of English and Spanish, French and English, and Hindi and English, respectively. 

More About The Update

Amazon states the multi-lingual mode for U.S. speakers is formally live across the country.

They are allowing the users of both Echo and Alexa-powered devices to change between Spanish and English. 

Alexa can also be fixed to speak just Spanish in the Alexa app settings.

The new support also suggests developers can create skills for the program that target Spanish language speakers.

The experience includes a new Spanish voice for Alexa, plus regional information, hundreds of Spanish facilities including those form Univision and Telemundo, and much more.

To operate Alexa in Spanish mode, U.S. users will be capable of toggling to “Español (Estados Unidos)” in the Alexa app. 

They can later speak to Alexa in Spanish to get news, weather, manage their smart home devices, set reminders, and launch skills.

The Multi-lingual Mode

The extra exciting addition is the multi-lingual mode choice, which lets customers shift between Spanish and English seamlessly.

For instance, you can request Alexa in English for the weather, and she will reply in English. 

But if you speak in Spanish, she will reply in Spanish. 

This creates the device more helpful in multi-lingual homes where a mix of both languages is addressed.

An example of how this is useful is while learning to music in the U.S.; you will be able to ask Alexa for recently launched Latin music playlists in U.S. Spanish.

Alexa’s reply to this would probably include Sin Filtro (urban artists), Tierra Tropical (bachata, salsa, cumbias), Puro Reggaeton, and Fierro Pariente (Regional Mexicano).

Amazon stated the additional multi-lingual forms for Canada and India (French and Hindi, combined with English), will also be available but it did not mention when they would be entirely rolled out.

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