Apple Hiring Siri Engineers for Additional Language Support

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    Ahead of iOS 8 and the release of several new products later this year that will likely take advantage of Siri, Apple may be planning to bolster the virtual assistant with a range of new and improved languages.

    Apple has posted several different job listings for Siri Language Engineers that are "highly motivated and an "expert in foreign languages with strong software development skills." According to the listings, posted largely between June 10 and June 19, Apple is seeking engineers fluent in Japanese, Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Australian English, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, Russian, British English, and Cantonese. Emphasized languages above are not currently supported by Siri.
    Each position's responsibilities include tasks like developing natural language processing code specific to each language, providing suggestions towards new product features tailored to home markets, and daily interactions with other teams at Apple. Along with fluency in the target language, applicants are expected to have a proven track record delivering product-quality code as well as iOS or OS X development skills and proficiency with Java, perl, and shell scripting.

    Apple has previously made several language related hires for its Siri team, recruiting a number of Cloud Services Engineering Interns fluent in a range of languages back in 2012 to work on support for additional languages for the service.

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    At the current time, Siri understands and speaks 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).

    While the current version of iOS 8 available to developers does not add any additional language capabilities to Siri, it is possible that a Siri expansion is on the horizon for a later version of iOS 8, perhaps iOS 8.1, or iOS 9.

    iOS 8, to be released to the public in the fall, does, however, feature a number of other Siri improvements including hands-free "Hey Siri" voice activation, Shazam integration, streaming voice recognition, and the ability to open the App Store.

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    Aw man! Please make Siri speak Norwegian :cool: It sounds so silly talking to Siri in English here in Norway :(
     
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    Siri will now be able to misunderstand you in more languages than ever before!
     
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    Arabic

    Would be interesting to see how they can pull Arabic off (one of the hardest languages to master). Will Siri speak classic Arabic or use a dialect? :D
     
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    I would love a bilingual Siri... Sometimes I need to search for things in French, sometimes in English...

    Serves me right to be fluent in two languages....

    I could live with a "switch to language" command, but doesn't seem to work
     
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    No new languages? Really?

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    Hey guys ask Siri that you need to bury a body

    So funny.

    Ask Siri if they're human.


    Siri is so awesome.





    not.
     
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    it would be nice if she could understand english first. Not everything needs a google search siri
     
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    Brazilian Portuguese is Portuguese, but it is different from the European Portuguese. It's like comparing American English to British English. You just can't
     
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    Yea it's a little rough still
     
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    Can't wait for iOS X(10) when she's mastered 30 languages.
     
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    Dictation language is not the same as Siri Language.
     
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    Me: Siri, do you speak Klingon?

    Siri: HISlaH, Tim!
     
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    Whatever happened to the hoped for proliferation of Esperanto? Could have immensely simplified all this….. :D
     
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    It's still better than nothing. I just feel like the article should have said something about this.
     
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    I wonder if they will ever make Siri to learn all the different dialects that are spoken on South America - the meaning word in those countries varies in the country you are and also it's said on different pronunciations! :)
     
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    for directions for apples apps, siri is fantastic ( Calendar, iMessage etc.) but if you ask a question such as siri whats a the best sushi place around here, she just does a search. If they could make it so she looks for sushi restaurants, finds the highest rated one, and puts that back out, it would have use.
     
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    hope Siri will support for Bahasa Indonesia

    It will be cool if Siri speaks many different language one day :)
     

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