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Amazon teaches Alexa to speak Hinglish, Apple's Siri is next

Hinglish borrows parts of both languages, including the grammar

Saritha Rai | Bloomberg 

The US e-commerce firm is beginning to ship Echo speakers in India this week, about a year after bringing them to foreign markets like the UK and Germany. In that time, teams of linguists, speech scientists, developers, and engineers have given a decidedly local makeover to the Alexa virtual assistant that powers the speakers. This Alexa uses a blend of Hindi and English and speaks with an unmistakably Indian accent. She knows Independence Day is August 15th, not July 4th, and wishes listeners “Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year!” She also refers to the living room ...

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First Published: Wed, November 01 2017. 01:27 IST