Bilingual Smart Voice Assistance: Does Alexa Speak Spanish?
You’ve probably heard of Alexa, Amazon’s all-knowing voice assistant.
But what does this device actually do? How do you use it? Most importantly, can it speak Spanish?
Alexa is a virtual assistant that helps you with more than just weather forecasts and calendar updates. This personal device is capable of live translation, speaking Spanish, understanding bilingual commands, and even helping you learn another language!
Get ready to master Alexa in Spanish and English with this instructional guide. I’ll teach you the most common ways to use your Alexa and how to change its language settings.
Stay tuned for language learning tips and hilarious Spanish questions to ask Alexa.
Table of Contents:
- What Does Alexa Do?
- How to Change Language on Alexa
- Bilingual Alexa Commands
- Funny Questions to Ask Alexa in Spanish
- 7 Ways to Practice Spanish with Alexa
- Ready To Speak Spanish With a Real Person?
What Does Alexa Do?
Alexa’s name comes from the library of Alexandria which was famous for its vast wealth of knowledge.
Alexa lives up to its name. This cloud-based voice service from Amazon can perform thousands of tasks just by listening to your voice.
From playing your favorite song to telling you the distance between the Earth and the Sun, Alexa does it all!
1. Eradicates Language Barriers
Alexa helps you communicate while traveling abroad or interacting with foreigners at home.
Alexa offers a live translation feature so that you can converse with people of other languages.
Alexa acts as a personal interpreter as it translates both sides of the conversation in real-time.
2. Provides Hands-Free Assistance
Since Alexa is a voice assistant, all you need to do is say the command and she gets the job done.
This voice activation makes it easier and faster to do tasks. For example, you can set alarms while cooking or change the music while driving.
Get started with 101 of the most common commands.
3. Saves You Time
Automate your repetitive tasks through Alexa.
4. Lets You Practice Spanish
Clearly, Alexa is capable of many tasks, but does Alexa speak Spanish? The short answer is yes!
How to Change Language on Alexa
Here are two ways to transform your Alexa into a Spanish-speaking virtual assistant! By setting your Alexa to Spanish mode, you unlock a new Spanish voice for Alexa along with Spanish media and news.
Multilingual mode allows Alexa to switch between English and Spanish. To turn on multilingual mode, all you have to do is say, “Hey Alexa, speak English and Spanish.”
Now, you can talk to Alexa in both languages without having to change the settings. As you switch between English and Spanish, Alexa will follow your lead through its language detection system.
If you want Alexa to stop speaking in Spanish, simply say “Alexa, stop speaking Spanish.” This will restore Alexa to English-only.
Keep in mind that the multilingual mode has some regional restrictions. The Spanish and English multilingual mode is available to US customers. However, if you live outside the country, you may not have access to this feature.
How to Set Alexa to Spanish
If you want to do a full immersion and completely switch to Spanish, you need to change the default language.
Open the Alexa app. Tap “More,” “Settings,” “Device,” and then select the device you want to change. Click “More Settings” then scroll down and click on “Language.” Select Spanish from the language list.
Bilingual Alexa Commands
Here are 10 bilingual Alexa commands to get you started using Alexa in Spanish!
News, Time, and Weather Information
1. Alexa, ¿cuáles son las noticias del día?
Alexa, what is today’s news?
2. Alexa, ¿qué ponen esta noche en la tele?
Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?
3. Alexa, ¿qué tiempo hace?
Alexa, what’s the weather?
4. Alexa, ¿qué hora es?
Alexa, what time is it?
5. Alexa, ¿va a llover este fin de semana?
Alexa, is it going to rain this weekend?
Set Alarms, Reminders, and Calendars
6. Alexa, pon una alarma para las 7 de la mañana.
Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.
7. Alexa, dime mis recordatorios.
Alexa, tell me my reminders.
8. Alexa, pon un temporizador de 10 minutos para la pizza.
Alexa, set a 10-minute timer for the pizza.
9. Alexa, añade un evento en mi calendario.
Alexa, add an event to my calendar.
10. Alexa, pon reggaeton.
Alexa, play reggaeton.
(If you have Amazon Music as your default service, Alexa will play a reggaeton music station or the music genre, artist, or song you request. If you have Spotify, Alexa will search for a playlist with a similar name.)
10. Alexa, baja el volumen.
Alexa, turn down the volume.
Funny Questions to Ask Alexa in Spanish
Want to know how to say funny questions to Alexa in Spanish? Here are 10 silly questions to ask Alexa that are sure to produce a hilarious response!
1. Alexa, ¿puedes eructar?
Alexa, can you burp?
2. Alexa, ¿puedes toser?
Alexa, can you cough?
3. Alexa, ¿puedes cacarear como gallina? (Alexa, can you cluck like a chicken?)
Alexa will cluck and then tell you a chicken joke.
4. Alexa, ¿eres un robot?
Alexa, are you a robot?
5. Alexa, ¿conoces a Siri?
Alexa, do you know Siri?
6. Alexa, ¿quién es tu mejor amiga?
Alexa, who is your best friend?
7. Alexa, ¿qué quieres ser cuando seas grande?
Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
8. Alexa, ¿existen los aliens?
Alexa, do aliens exist?
9. Alexa, ¿qué pasa si te paras sobre un Lego?
Alexa, what happens if you step on a Lego?
10. Alexa, ¿conoces a Pie Grande?
Alexa, do you know Bigfoot?
7 Ways to Practice Spanish with Alexa
In addition to performing normal commands in Spanish, Alexa helps you practice your second language!
1. Download Daily Dose
The Daily Dose is a free feature of Alexa that enables it to teach 34 languages, Spanish included! Practice with Alexa in Spanish every day. Access up to five new lessons per week.
If you want to learn a new word or phrase in Spanish, just ask!
For example, you could say, “Alexa, how do I say ______ in Spanish?” and Alexa will respond with the correct translation.
3. Spanish Voice and Local Knowledge
By talking to Alexa in Spanish, you’ll access Spanish-language news and television networks like Univision. Listening to authentic Spanish news and Alexa’s Spanish voice can dramatically improve your language skills.
4. Listen to Music in Spanish
Ask Alexa for Latin music in Spanish to discover curated playlists for Bachata, Cumbia, Salsa, and more.
5. Play Games and Trivia in Spanish
Loads of free games are available through Alexa. Playing games in Spanish is a fun way to quickly pick up new words and phrases.
6. Spanish Vocabulary
Alexa’s Spanish vocabulary feature helps you master basic vocabulary, numbers, times, dates, and vacation terms.
7. Practice Your Pronunciation
Talking to Alexa is the way to perfect your Spanish pronunciation. Use the bilingual commands in Spanish to test your pronunciation. Keep practicing until it understands all your commands on the first try!
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