I found this cool video while doing some research on the next iPhone – am considering getting a 4S or a Droid at the moment. Also have been sort of looking forward to iPhone 5 – however not sure when it will be released. If anything though, I am in the market for a new phone as my contract is up. One of the things I like about the new iPhone 4S is Siri – and as of late, I’ve heard that now Siri can be talked to in Japanese.
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|Question||Siri Response||Shabette Response|
|Konnichiwa – Hello||“Konnichiwa (Hello) it’s 11:56AM.”||“Konnichiwa!”|
|Is it cold outside?||It’s not too cold, 8°C (42°F)||(Just shows weather)|
|My stomach hurts..||(Siri doesn’t get what was asked)||(Shabette just delivers some web results)|
|Can you tell me my schedule tomorrow?||(Siri shows a blank schedule)||(Shabette shows him he will be surfing at 6AM tomorrow)|
|Can you give me a map of Chigasaki (city)?||(Siri says that the ‘maps’ feature is available for English users only)||(Shabette gives a map of Chigasaki)|
|Show me a video of ‘Kyari Pamyu Pamyu’||(Siri asks if he wants to a see a websearch for ‘Okyariba’ video )||(Shabette shows him the correct videos)|
|Raw Wheat, Raw Rice, Raw Eggs (Tongue Twister)||(Siri asks him if he has better things to do with his time..)||(Shabette asks if he wants to see web results)|
|I want to make some Curry Rice!||(Siri doesn’t understand what I want to make some Curry Rice means)||(Shabette shows him a recipe of how to make it – girl in the back seems impressed)|
|Thank you!||“Thank you for your kind words..”||“Aww, shucks” (embarrased)|
|Night! Please wake me up tomorrow||What time would you like to set the alarm for?||Setting the alarm for tomorrow, 3-11-2012, at 10AM|
Naturally, I wanted to see how Siri sounded in Japanese, so I did a search and came across this video on Youtube. The tester, probably a native speaker – pits Siri against a Japanese competitor version of Siri made by the Docomo group called ‘Shabette Concier しゃべってコンシェル‘.
In the video, the native speaker asks both Siri and Shabette Concier a series (no pun intended) of questions to determine which software performs better in terms of response. Unfortunately for Apple, it seems like Siri probably needs to spend a little more time getting to know Japan – for now she comes across more like a ‘gaijin’ (foreigner) who seems unfamiliar with pop culture things like curry rice and Kyari Pamyu Pamyu.
I guess you could say though, part of Siri’s charm is having that sassy ‘attitude’. As one of the comments on that video suggested, perhaps Siri is a ‘tsundere‘. Even though Shabette comes across ‘cuter sounding’ – sometimes you just appreciate the woman who takes control .