Written By: Yashika Sabharwal
Amazon Alexa will now listen to commands in Hindi
- Latest update: Alexa, can now understand the customers speaking to her in Hindi.
- Amazon speaker Alexa on Wednesday announced support for Hindi and Hinglish accent for its voice assistant Alexa.
- Amazon Alexa now gets the ability to respond in Hindi and Conversational ‘Hinglish’.
NEW DELHI: “Namaste India, main Alexa hoon. Naam toh sunaa hee hogaa?” You will get the Alexa’s Hindi accent with its new update. Users in India can now speak to Amazon’s voice assistant, ‘Alexa’ in Hindi their native language rather than American English to carry out tasks like checking live cricket scores, requesting their favorite songs and even asking questions like how she’s doing.
Launched in India in the year 2017, Alexa was able to understand and pronounce names of popular places for search and it searches like names and songs in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Punjabi but supported commands only in English language lately.
Meet the very-local, Hindi-speaking Alexa, who is now fluent in India’s native dialect.
With this update on Wednesday by Rohit Prasad, Alexa can now understand the customers speaking to her completely in Hindi or regular Hinglish. She can now act in multiple contexts and varied regional accents and dialects to perform better for upcoming festivals.
Rohit Prasad also thanked Indian customers for using the Cleo skill app to help in teaching Alexa the language. He is looking forward to Alexa delighting our Hindi-speaking customers and working with developers in India to invent many more Hindi dialectic skills.
From where Alexa came?
Alexa’s name came from the ancient library of Alexandria and is now known for Amazon’s voice-control speaker system. To adding Hindi language in its voice assistant software, Amazon had to understand the full Devanagari, on which script the Hindi is based on. They wanted to be sure that the company’s voice assistant doesn’t just understand Hindi, but also it deciphers both Hindi and Hinglish, to respond Indian queries quickly. In doing this, the company had to add a bilingual model to its text-to-speech engine, so that Alexa can understand the mixed usage of Hindi and English in India.