Siri in Spanish is Awful

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    My Main language is Spanish, but siri understands me better in English i can't communicate with it, it only gets 2 out of three commands, not the case in english it works great.

    Any one having issues with it in the other new languages?
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully things will be sorted out through the beta process. The more you use it now, the better it'll be for the rest of us! ;)

    My wife's first language is Spanish, as she's originally from Mexico. Her mom can barely speak english, and had actually shown interest recently in wanting a smartphone/iPhone. I'm sure she'd have a lot of fun with a Spanish speaking Siri!
     
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    german is just as bad and we've had it since the beginning of siri :(
     
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    My lady's iPhone works fine...but then again she speaks German with a light touch lol.
     
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    Siri is not reliable for any non-American accent/dialect/language. I've tested it in 3 different languages (including British English) and it worked only 20% of the time. This is a known problem.
     
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    have u asked siri to play a song? its USELESS cuz she cant get english words right if shes set to german, she comes up with all kind of random words
     
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    Yeah, Apple needs to sort that out somehow. If I set my Siri to German I can't say anything in English (e.g. English song names) and if I set it to English and use turn-by-turn navigation Siri pronounces German street names in English which makes the feature absolutely useless.

    I wish Siri was just multilingual by default, so that you have one language for commands and can use any language for inputs (when you say names or dictate text, and the output language for street names, names, text is determined by the country/language.
     
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    I wouldn't want to be on the programming team for multilingual Siri, haha. That would be an insane undertaking I think.

    Tim Cook:
    Friends, we're now announcing... multilingual Siri. The programming team.... wanted to say a few words. ...... But unfortunately they've gone..... mad. Very mad. In fact, we can't say ... just how mad they've gone. It's off the charts. Really... really mad.

    The multiple periods are his dramatic pauses :D
     
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    I'm British and it's works perfectly for me and everyone else who I know that uses it....
     
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    I realize that the error rate would be a lot higher if Siri also has to determine in which language you are speaking. So maybe one solution would be to select two languages in settings, one "command language" (open, search for, call, ...) and an "alternative input language", so if you e.g. say "call (name pronounced in German)", Siri will determine whether the name you say is German or English and use the respective algorithm. It's kind of like the separate setting for Language and Region Format - and highly appropriate in a world where many people are multilingual in their every day lives. Eitherway, they should definitely add a feature that allows you to have Siri pronounce street names in the language of the respective country in turn-by-turn-navigation. That is easy to implement.
     
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    I've had little trouble with languages but a whole heap of trouble trying to get songs to play so I'm there with you on that.
     
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    Hey, can you post a video on youtube to see it?
     
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    Siri works great for me and the mrs, both British English. I've got a deep voice and thought I would have issues.

    My sister is a speech therapist and Siri can't understand a word she says sometimes, yet she speaks crystal English.

    I swear it improves over time. The more you talk to it.
     
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    charming
     
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    samcro
     
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    You're one of the lucky ones then, everyone I know complains about it. It's very weird that it works for some and it's useless for others.

    Maybe it improves, or maybe you get used to speaking to it in a certain way ;) I got mine to work by speaking slowly and dividing commands into small chunks, but since that's tedious I just don't really use it; plus the 4S stopped being my main phone.

    S Voice understands me without any issues, but that's probably because it's based on Google's voice recognition technology, which is superb. The voice itself is worse than Siri's though.
     
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    Spanish is my second language but I tried it out. Here are some screenshot examples. It can do things like make reminders in both languages, but even though it understood me in both Spanish and English for "Where can I eat a hamburger?" only English Siri came up with places nearby. Spanish Siri told me "I don't know any interesting stories." It is beta though.
     

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    I wish they had Portuguese from brazil. My mom would find that useful.
     
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    no es bueno... we have verbs you know lulz

    "para el hoy" is like "for the today"... seriously Apple?
     
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    My mom too. But Portuguese from Portugal :p. I hope that Apple be kind an avoid a Brazilian version of siri in Portugal, there are two different language despise having the same name.

    Siri works fine with me, but unfortunately I need to sent SMS in English instead of Portuguese ( primary language ), it's a little but awful but they understand lol.
     
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    Yo la tengo
     

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