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What Languages Does Alexa Speak in 2021? [with Dialects Chart]

In Amazon Alexa by Tim Brennan

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In this article, I’m going to address the question what languages does Alexa speak and I will provide a handy table of all the dialects currently available. I’ll also provide step-by-step instructions to show you how to change them on your very own device.

Want the short answer?

Amazon Alexa can speak English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hindi, Japanese and Portuguese. The American, British, Australian, Canadian, and Indian dialects are available for English;  Spanish, Mexican, and American are available for Spanish; and French and Canadian dialects are available for the French language.


The Right Voice for Your Home

what languages does alexa speakAs smart home products get more popular, it’s important for them to be accessible to as many people as possible as well. With voice assistants all around us, it’s natural for us to want them to speak our language!

Unfortunately, no smart home product or assistant has come close to covering the 6000+ languages across the globe. However, with the worldwide growth of voice assistants poised to grow exponentially over the next few years [source: Statistica], there is no doubt Amazon will continue to add more languages from around the world.

I’m here to help you find if Alexa has the right voice for your home.


How Many Languages Can Alexa Speak?

As of June 2021, Alexa speaks eight unique languages and nine unique dialects spread across the four languages that support multiple dialects.


What Languages are Available on Alexa?

At the time of this article, Amazon Alexa can currently speak English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, and Portuguese. These languages and their dialects can be seen in the chart below.

If you’re looking for more information on the Latino languages available, check out my previous articles: Can Alexa speak Spanish?, or Can Alexa speak Brazilian Portuguese?

(Spoiler Alert: The answer to both is yes!)

Language

Dialects

English US UK Australia Canada India
Spanish Spain Mexico US
French France Canada
German N/A
Italian N/A
Hindi N/A
Japanese N/A
Portuguese Brazil

Amazon maintains some information about buying international Alexa devices as well as a page of supported Alexa features by country.


How to change Amazon Alexa’s Language

Here are detailed, step-by-step instructions to set up your desired language on Amazon Echo.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.

Open the Alexa app

  1. Tap Settings.

Tap Settings

  1. Tap Device Settings.
  1. Tap the device for which you would like to change the language.
  1. Tap Language.

Tap Language

  1. Find your desired language and dialect on the list of options and tap it.

desired language

If you are unable to find your language on the list, update your Alexa app. If the option is still not available even after updating, then it is likely not supported on your specific. Unfortunately, this might be the case on some older devices, but you can still try and check other devices if you have more than one.

Each device connected to your system can have its own language setting, so you’ll have to repeat these steps for every device individually. You can also set devices to different languages if desired as well – if not all members of your household prefer the same language or dialect. Hopefully, everyone in your household agrees on the language in your living room though!

Once your Alexa product is set up to the language of your choice, she will now exclusively speak and understand that language, and all of the base functionalities will now be in that language as well. However, not all capabilities or skills will be available in all languages.

Now, hopefully, you’ve got your Alexa speaking the language and dialect you prefer! Doesn’t she sound so much better now?


Can Alexa Speak Multiple Languages?

Yes, Alexa can speak multiple languages at once! If you have a multi-lingual household, and you’re looking for your devices to speak multiple languages, you might be interested in this useful option.

This allows Alexa to have multiple languages set and Alexa will respond with the language she was spoken to in! If you’re looking to set this one up for your own Alexa, follow the same steps as above, and look for the multilingual options in the list of languages. For example, if you were looking to set your Alexa to both Spanish and English, you would select Espanol and English.

  1. Open the Alexa app.

Open the Alexa app

  1. Tap Settings.

Tap Settings

  1. Tap Device Settings.
  1. Tap the device for which you would like to change the language.
  1. Tap Language.

Tap Language

  1. Find your desired multilingual language option on the list of options and tap it.

desired language

This option is a bit limited as of now, as Alexa can only speak two languages at once, and one of them is always English. The multilingual options are Spanish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese. Each of these are paired with English.


What about Celebrities?

what languages can alexa speak

Samuel L. Jackson

If you’re not as much of a fan of Amazon Alexa as I am, you may have asked yourself if there was any way for Alexa to sound like famous celebrities like popular actor Samuel L. Jackson instead. Well, luckily for you the answer is yes! Amazon has some skills that allow you to talk to some of your favorite actors and characters rather than Alexa, like Darth Vader or Gordon Ramsey!

I talk more about these skills and how to enable them in a previous article!

Although these skills aren’t perfect – your device will still need Alexa’s traditional voice for some tasks – and they aren’t free (Samuel L. Jackson costs $4.99), they’re certainly fun.

Try asking Alexa, “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson” if you’re interested! And don’t worry parents, Sam’s voice can be set to clean if you don’t want your kids hearing Samuel L. Jackon’s controversial but popular profanities.


Alexa Language Options: What Do You Think?

And that’s a wrap! I hope I was able to answer the question about what languages does Alexa speak to your satisfication. Did you find the Amazon Alexa language that you were looking for?

I’m always hoping that Amazon will continue to add more languages and even more multilingual options in order to be accessible to everyone!

Did this guide help you set up your Alexa? Is there a language not on here that you’re hoping Amazon will add support for? Do you have a favorite celebrity voice skill?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them down in the comments!

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About the Author

Tim BrennanTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.