Have you ever asked Alexa something in an Australian accent and discovered she’s heard words completely different to what you’re trying to convey?
The Aussie accent can sometimes seem confusing – even to the most multicultural of international conversationalists (god, that was difficult to say!).
The good news is that Amazon has added a new ‘Strayan slang to Alexa’s vocabulary to help her better understand her Aussie mates from Darwin to Dubbo, Mooloolaba to Mudgee.
Says Kate Gooden, Head of Product and Alexa Experience at Amazon Australia: “We’ve been committed to not only adding Aussie classics, but also some new terms emerging in Aussie conversations, so it’s easy for Alexa to understand you. Just like a mate!”
Inspired by The Betoota Advocate’s Betoota-isms, today Alexa has launched a series of new modern classics to her vernacular that reflect the ever-evolving nature of Aussie slang.
As we know, Australians are renowned for their habit of abbreviating and evolving words in conversation – afternoon becomes “arvo”; service station becomes “servo” – hence many of these abbreviated slang terms have been added to Alexa’s lexicon.
“We also have a unique ability to turn everyday items into linguistic icons,” says Kate Gooden. “From terms that reference our beloved hot chooks at Woollies (“bachelor’s handbag”), to classic summer footwear (“private school pluggers”), Alexa’s latest lingo additions really capture the fun of everyday Aussie banter.”
The new words and phrases are now live on Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart screens, and Fire TV devices.
Go on then, give it a go. Ask Alexa if she knows what a “dog’s eye” or a “Tuesday frisbee” is.
But then again, considering these are mostly Eastern States terms and that I’m WA-bred, with no idea what these terms mean myself, maybe I’ll need a little reprogramming myself.