Useful Siri tips on iPhone: Practicing languages with Siri

Do you use Siri on your iPhone?

Simply hold down the Home button until Siri opens. You can then talk into your iPhone and Siri will assist you with a number of different tasks.

For instance, if you want to call someone or set your alarm, simply ask Siri and it will all be done for you!

Sounds super useful, right? But did you know that you can also practice foreign languages with Siri?

Currently there are 21 languages supported by Siri: Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Korean, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Malay, Hebrew, Arabic, Finnish, Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Thai, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, and Japanese.

Siri was also designed to recognize the specific accents and dialects in supported countries. For example, ‘English’ is available in any of the U.S., UK, Australian, Canadian, Singaporean and New Zealand variants.

Many of you are probably using Japanese for Siri, but if you change the language settings to the language you are studying, you can talk to Siri in that language and practice your conversation skills. We highly recommend doing this! It’s often difficult to gauge whether what you are saying is understood when studying by yourself, but doing this allows you to talk to Siri anywhere, anytime and check. And it’s actually really cool when Siri understands you and can serve as a great motivator for your studies.

Setting up Siri is very simple:

From the Home screen select Settings > General > Siri > Language and then select your language and you are all set.


Siri is your anywhere, anytime language partner!

For those of you who haven’t yet done so, why not give it a try?


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