Speaking Japanese with SIRI

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One of the benefits of having an iPhone or iPad is that you can easily change the language of SIRI, just go to the siri settings and choose the language you want, no need to download any package or change the entire language of the phone.

For Japanese learners it is very good to train using the voice assistant. Do you often use Siri? Do you know all the phrases you can say to her? In this article I have separated the main lines with siri, so you can have fun and practice your Japanese.

Even if you don't have an IOS, you can try using these phrases in Google now from Android or Cortana from windows phone.

You don't need to speak exactly the same as what is in the article, you can also change some words or use similar verbs and particles that will work.

basic tasks

Open a program - To open a program you must say the name of the program + aite (開いて) or hajimete (初めて). If you want, you can use the particle wo ( を) before the verb. Example: safari wo hajimete サファリを初めて.

Where I am? - You may ask watashi wa doko desuka? (私はどこですか). Then it will show your exact location.

How many hours? - You can ask nanji desuka (何時ですか). It will respond and still show some data on the screen.

show map - You can say: local + chizu wo mitekudasai (–地図を見てください). It will display the map of the location and tell you how many kilometers it is away.

Calling someone - You must say the person's name + ni + dewashite (–に電話して) to place a call.

View time - You can say Kyō no tenki wa (今日の天気は) and she'll tell you if the weather is good and leave some details. You can also ask where the sun rises somewhere by saying: city + no hinode wa itsu (–日の出はいつ), and you can ask if it's going to rain by saying: Kyō wa kasa ga iru (今日は傘がいる).

Wikipedia – You can ask siri to teach you something by saying: something + ni tsuite oshiete (について教えて).

Search images - You can search for images on the internet saying: thing + shashin o misete (写真を見せて).

Speaking Japanese with Siri


You must use your imagination and not just rely on ready-made phrases. Practice your Japanese and ask things like: how old are you? You have boyfriend? What you doing? type questions. She may react or give a different answer each time you ask, let's see some example sentences you can use:

To talk to siri you can use: siri-san / anata あなた or kimi 君 (you) followed by the particle wa は or ga が.

  • What is your name? onamae wa? 
  • You have boyfriend? ...kareshi imasuka?
  • How old are you? ...nansai desuka?
  • You love Me? watashi wa suki desuka?
  • I love Google! Google daisuki! 
  • Marry me! kekkon shite kudasai.
  • Tell me something interesting! omoshiroi hanashite kudasai
  • Sing something! Utaute kudasai 歌うてください
  • We hardly know each other! mada otagai no koto wo hotondo shiranai janai desu ka.
  • What is scheduled for today? kyou no yotei wa nan desu ka?

There are many more phrases and questions we can ask, it's up to you to find out. I hope this article has served as an incentive for you who have an iPhone or other Smartphone to use your voice command to practice your Japanese. Do you know interesting phrases to talk to SIRI? Comment here!

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