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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Apple Job Listing Suggests Siri Coming in 9 More Languages




Apple is looking for interns fluent in a number of different languages to work on Siri internationalization, according to a job listing first spotted by Belgian site Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen (via 9to5Mac).

The job listing, for Cloud Services Engineering Interns, asks for interns native or fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish to work on "delivering Siri in different parts of the world." Languages where Siri is currently unavailable on that list include Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Siri is currently available in English (US, UK, Australia, Canada), Spanish (US, Spain, Mexico), Chinese (China-Mandarin, Hong Kong-Cantonese, Taiwan-Mandarin), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Japanese (Japan), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), and Korean (Korea).

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make it work in English.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China.
hahahaha

thanks for the laugh!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
Probably more Apple customers in Scandinavia than in either Russia or Poland.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 02:05 PM   #7
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Probably more Apple customers in Scandinavia than in either Russia or Poland.
Highly doubtful there're more Apple customers in 5 mln Finland than in 140 mln Russia. Plus Russia is the second fastest growing market (after Japan) in terms of App Store revenue.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:39 AM   #8
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Probably more Apple customers in Scandinavia than in either Russia or Poland.
Everyone I know in Russia either has an iPhone, iPad or iMac/MacBook! There are plenty of customers! Trying to balance out the server load, perhaps?
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 01:19 PM   #9
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
There is no evidence that suggests they aren't working on other languages. They just happen to have open positions for certain languages at the moment.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 01:51 PM   #10
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
I don't know the motivation behind the language decision, but I do know, that all Scandinavian languages are members of the Germanic languages, just like German (you figured it out too?) and English. The order of the words (verb, noun, adjective, etc.) is, if I'm not mistaken, the same. (I speak English and some Swedish as second languages.)

Finnish then. Finnish is dead easy to teach to a machine. Since without the only exception (the letters 'n' and 'g' written after each other) the letters in any given word are ALWAYS spelled out same way. And the only exception is always pronounced the same.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 04:28 PM   #11
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I don't know the motivation behind the language decision, but I do know, that all Scandinavian languages are members of the Germanic languages, just like German (you figured it out too?) and English. The order of the words (verb, noun, adjective, etc.) is, if I'm not mistaken, the same. (I speak English and some Swedish as second languages.)
You are mistaken.
The sentence "I like to drink black coffee on sunday afternoons" can be translated into German in various ways:

"An Sonntag Nachmittagen trinke ich gerne schwarzen Kaffee"
"An Sonntag Nachmittagen trinke ich schwarzen Kaffee gerne"
"Ich trinke gerne schwarzen Kaffee an Sonntag Nachmittagen"
"Ich trinke schwarzen Kaffee gerne an Sonntag Nachmittagen"
"Ich trinke gerne an Sonntag Nachmittagen schwarzen Kaffee"
"Schwarzen Kaffee trinke ich gerne an Sonntag Nachmittagen"
"Schwarzen Kaffee trinke ich an Sonntag Nachmittagen gerne"
"Gerne trinke ich schwarzen Kaffee an Sonntag Nachmittagen"
"Gerne trinke ich an Sonntag Nachmittagen schwarzen Kaffee"
"Schwarzen Kaffee an Sonntag Nachmittagen trinke ich gerne"

All these (german) sentences vaguely say the same but have different word orders (I think these are all possibilities that exist). The slight difference in meaning is a mystery even to native speakers. It's probably impossible to explain in detail.
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
Because the nordic countries are much richer, and the apple adoption rate is insane compared to the rest of europe.

Really looking forward to a danish siri! :-)
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 01:58 PM   #13
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Really looking forward to a danish siri! :-)
Well danish sounds like a joke. U can hardly teach the natives the language, much less a computer.

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:35 PM   #14
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Here we go again bragging how rich we are in Danmark.. don't forget that 1/2 of our workforce is Polish.. 1/3 is Indian, Arabic, Pakistani and so on.. the rest is either hard working or lazy Danes relying on SU. As much as I would love to see it in Danish, other countries deserve it too!

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Because the nordic countries are much richer, and the apple adoption rate is insane compared to the rest of europe.

Really looking forward to a danish siri! :-)
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 03:36 PM   #15
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
Poland is poor so nobody can afford iPhones.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 04:26 PM   #16
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Poland is poor so nobody can afford iPhones.
You seem to be a nice person so I will not offend you in public. I am an average Pole, living in a rural region of Lover Silesia and I can afford iPhone, to be specific I also have iPad 3 (not planning to upgrade to 4 anytime soon, not really worth it), MBP and some Android Gear. Not showing off, just trying to make a point that not everyone is poor in Poland and percentage wise there must be more iOS devices then in Denmark so get your facts right first.

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Poland is poor so nobody can afford iPhones.
You're serious, or just trolling?
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Poland is poor so nobody can afford iPhones.
Poland pronounces Po-land not poor-land.
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It sound like a joke. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian. Why not Polish and Russian? If you count all Danish, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians, you will have them as much as or less than Poles.How can you count on boosting markets if you ignore them? Releasing products without major functions causes consumers to turn back and look for alternatives.
Dear Apple, there IS a world outside of old EU, US or China. And this world is full of potential customers. Do not ignore them!
Simple. Learn english and move to america or EU.
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Google Now works better than Siri
Google now is good because its faster but Siri is better because it can understand more commands.
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Google Now works better than Siri
ORLLY?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_pclCFpjgw

Siri offered more information and had more features on nearly every question. About the only thing Google Now had over Siri was that it answered some questions a split second earlier.
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ORLLY?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_pclCFpjgw

Siri offered more information and had more features on nearly every question. About the only thing Google Now had over Siri was that it answered some questions a split second earlier.
Google works on my 3GS - Siri not available. So yes, Google works much better than Siri - for me. Thanks Apple!
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Yes, Yes, YES! Siri in norwegian is probably what I want the most from iOS. Bring it on!
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