Silly Alexa trick: Speaking French with a horrible American accent

Raymond Chen

Here’s a sily Alexa trick.

Use the Alexa app to set the language to something other than English, say, French.

Ask Alexa a question. It will respond in French.

Use the Alexa app to set the language to US-English.

Say, “Alexa, repeat that.”

Alexa will repeat the French response, but using the US-English speech synthesizer, which means it will be speaking French words with a horrible American accent.



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  • Mystery Man 0

    Or type French words in Microsoft Word and have Microsoft Zira read it.
    Aren’t you Microsoft fellas required to “eat your own dog food” after all?

    • Raymond ChenMicrosoft employee 0

      But that’s not as funny because it’s not Alexa doing the speaking.

  • Neil Rashbrook 0

    How about the less stupid trick, to get Alexa to speak English in a sexy(?) French accent?

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