Using Japanese Siri on your iPhone 4s
If you have an iPhone 4s, play around with the Japanese Siri even if you are still a beginner. It's fun!
- Go to Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Siri
- Change the language to Japanese
It may take a few minutes to download the language files, but it works remarkably well. Well, it works well for what it is intended to do.
- As with English, speak slowly and clearly (pay special attention to the small tsu and long vowels)
- When speaking English names from your address book, remember to read them like they are written in katakana.
I asked it;
- onamae wa?
- "What is your name?"
and it replied;
- namae desu ka? Siri desu.
- "My name? I'm Siri."
The only problem is "Siri" with the Japanese pronunciation sounds like "shiri" which means butt. "I am Butt."
Next, I did what any man would do upon hearing her lovely voice: I asked her to marry me.
- kekkon shite kudasai.
- "Will you marry me?"
- mada otagai no koto wo hotondo shiranai janai desu ka.
- "The two of us hardly know each other."
Okay, okay, enough fun. Now for the serious stuff--the stuff Siri (or Shiri or Miss Butt) was meant to do.
I asked it;
- kyou no yotei wa nan desu ka?
- "What is on today's schedule?"
- kochira no yotei ga mitsukarimashita
- "I found this appointment"
- kyou no tenki wa dou desu ka?
- "How is today's weather?"
And she replied;
- kyou no tenki desu
- "Today's weather is" ...
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be able to use maps here in the United States. When I ask it where a nearby pizza restaurant is, for example, it tells me stores, businesses, maps, and local information is only available in American English.
The Japanese Siri is surely much more useful if you are actually in Japan, but it is fun to play with nonetheless.
Use it for scheduling things, creating reminders, and making phone calls (~ni denwa shite).
Please leave a comment if you discover any interesting peculiarities with the Japanese Siri!