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Amazon Alexa Will Soon Be Able to Speak Spanish

Dave Parrack 30-04-2019

Spanish speakers in the United States will soon be able to interact with Amazon Alexa in their native language. And it’s about time too. The US has a high number of Spanish speakers, and yet Amazon has taken its time teaching Alexa to speak Spanish.


Catering to More Than English Speakers

To those of us whose first (and probably only) language is English, interacting with digital assistants is a breeze. However, native speakers of other languages are stuck having to speak English while they wait for the technology to start catering to them.

Things have been improving. In June 2018, Google Home learned to speak Spanish Your Google Home Can Now Speak Spanish Google Assistant has been able to understand Spanish for some time, but now Google Home can speak Spanish too. Muchas gracias, Google. Read More . Google is also leading the way with other languages in other countries, utilizing its previous work on Google Translate. But Amazon has taken longer to include other languages.

Amazon Alexa Learns to Speak Spanish

As announced on the Alexa Blog, developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) to “start building skills for Spanish-speaking customers in the US […] with the new Spanish for US voice model.”

Once these skills have been certified for publication they will become available first to participants in the Alexa Preview program. They will then become available to everyone “when Alexa launches in the US with Spanish language support later this year.”


This means Spanish speakers in the US will be able to interact with Alexa through their Amazon Echo device. Alexa Built-In devices from Sony, Bose, and Facebook, and Works With Alexa devices from Philips, TP Link, and Honeywell Home will also be compatible.

Is It Time to Learn to Speak Spanish?

It’s important to note than the US has the second highest concentration of Spanish speakers in the world after Mexico. Reports suggest there are more than 50 million people able to speak Spanish in the US, so this is long overdue from Amazon.

This is obviously good news if you are a native Spanish speaker who owns an Alexa-compatible device. But if you don’t speak Spanish there’s no need to feel left out. With that in mind, here are the best apps to learn Spanish fast The 8 Best Apps to Learn Spanish Fast Looking for the best apps to learn Spanish? These great apps cover vocabulary, language immersion, and much more. Read More .

Related topics: Alexa, Amazon, Amazon Echo, Language Learning.

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