Bilingual Smart Voice Assistance: Does Alexa Speak Spanish?
Does Alexa speak Spanish? I had to do some digging to find out and was quite surprised by what I found.
In case you don’t know, Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice assistant. She was named Alexa after the legendary library of Alexandria, which was thought to hold all knowledge.
This technological magic device called “Alexa” is Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant. She is a voice controlled and all-knowing device also referred to as AVS (Alexa Voice Service). The AVS can be connected to any other Amazon products and it works on its own, as well.
But can it help with language support? And does Alexa speak Spanish? Let’s find out.
Why Language Support Matters
Alexa has many skills. The more commands you give her, the more her knowledge expands.
One of Alexa’s skills is teaching languages. Yes, you read that right. Alexa can be an asset when it comes to learning Spanish!
Depending on what your level is, you can practice the basics with Alexa or change her settings and have her speak to you exclusively in Spanish. Alexa in Spanish can become your language-learning helper.
Anything you can do to support your Spanish-speaking goals, go for it. Whether reading a book, listening to a podcast or practicing with Alexa, the possibilities are endless thanks to internet technology.
How To Reinforce Language Learning with Alexa
Think of Alexa as your personal assistant. She can teach you a language to the best of her ability, help you reinforce your grammar, practice your listening and speaking skills as well as helping you find practice exercises.
There’s no limit to what Alexa in Spanish can do! What’s great about Alexa is that she is a smart voice assistant; so you’ll be forced to speak Spanish, which will push you to practice as frequently as possible.
Ask Alexa to Teach you Spanish
To start with the basics, you can keep Alexa in English and ask her to help you practice Spanish.
Or you can completely set Alexa to Spanish. How? Simply sign in to your Amazon account online, go to the drop-down menu and choose “Alexa Skills” to see all skills offered. Then, search for “Languages” and choose Spanish. Select “Get This Skill” and access the content you need.
You’re ready to start speaking to Alexa in Spanish!
And don’t forget that Alexa is always gaining new skills (a.k.a. apps). She is a smart assistant, after all. If you know a language that Alexa doesn’t recognize, you can teach Alexa with a skill called Cleo. She’ll ask you questions, and you can answer in whichever language you’d like.
10 Ways to Practice with Alexa in Spanish
Check out these helpful tips on how to learn with Alexa in Spanish.
Repeat what you hear in Spanish. Try to repeat what you’ve learned several times until it has sunk in.
2. Write It Down
Taking notes and journaling in Spanish are excellent ways to improve your writing skills.
3. Review New Vocabulary
Make sure to ask Alexa to tell you the Word of the Day several times in a day so that you can remember it later.
4. Daily Dose Lessons
Use the Daily Dose to memorize the conversation and test your memory skills.
5. Grammar Help
Ask Alexa for further grammar clarification.
6. Practice with Friends
You can practice with Alexa with friends and turn your learning experience into a classroom.
7. Trust Your Skills
It’s important not to rely on Alexa too much. Push yourself to speak the language you wish to learn!
8. Ask Alexa Anything.
Since Alexa is a machine, there’s no need to worry about making a mistake. You can ask her anything and practice your skills in whichever ways work for you.
9. Be patient.
No matter what method works for you, remember it’s a process and the most important aspect of language learning is practice.
10. Word of the Day
The Word of the Day Flash Briefing is a skill you can get for free with Alexa that’s worth checking out. It teaches you the word, its definition, and etymology—and gives plenty of examples for you to clearly understand.
Set Alexa Up with Multiple-Language Skills
The Daily Dose is a useful feature because you can enable it for free in Alexa. It enables Alexa to teach up to 34 languages including Portuguese, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish, Hindi, Indonesian, Afrikaans, Persian, and many more.
In addition to the “word of the day” to expand your vocabulary, brief daily lessons are available so that you can practice with Alexa in Spanish every day. Access up to 5 new lessons per week, while helping Alexa evolve along with you on your language-learning journey.
You may even want to schedule your sessions with Alexa in Spanish.
So, does Alexa speak Spanish?
Of course! And she’s fluent enough to practice with.
Another great way to use Alexa in Spanish is by asking her to play your favorite Spanish podcasts. Alexa serves podcasts via TuneIn.
So, if you ask, “Alexa, play the podcast Notes in Spanish,” she’ll summon the latest episode from the service and have you listening ASAP. While you cannot command a specific episode, you can ask her to play the most recent episode.
Alexa Is Here To Help
Now that you know how useful Alexa in Spanish can be, will you set yours to speak Spanish? Or will you have her practice the basics with you?
Does Alexa speak Spanish in your household? Please let me know in a comment.
Alexa is a new technology that can be of great support in language learning. Alexa in Spanish can become your new best friend and the easiest and fastest way to practice. It not only understands all your commands but as you already know, it also has many exercises to access when you have it. Alexa is smarter than you think. And while talking to a robot is fun, talking to a real person is even better! Sign up for a free class.
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