Bonjour Siri!

I’m sure everyone knows by now that the iPhone “personal assistant” Siri is one sassy robot. Try asking her how old she is, or to make you a sandwich, or to marry you, and she will shoot back with a pithy, often scathing remark.

Being a nerd, my phone settings are in French, and so Siri also speaks French. Why oh why it took me over a year of iPhone ownership to take full advantage of Madame Siri is a mystery to me. Maybe I was afraid she would mock my accent. At any rate, late late one night a few months ago, when I was in the depths of my unemployment suck-fest, I amused myself for a few hours, finally catching up with the rest of the world, and learning some vocab at the same time!

(scroll over or click each photo for English translations in the captions!)

The first thing I noticed is that Siri always uses the formal “vous.” So obviously I asked her to relax and get a bit more informal:

If she can’t tutoie me, does she even care about me at all??

Fine. Let’s get to know each other first.

She said I could ask for pick-up lines, so….

What about jokes? Or poetry?

She does do haikus though!

And now for the really tough questions: Does Santa Claus Exist? What is the Meaning of Life?

But Siri got the final laugh in the end. The ultimate sass…

"It's 4:28AM, time to go to sleep, I'd say..."
“It’s 4:28AM, time to go to sleep, I’d say…” 

5 thoughts on “Bonjour Siri!

  1. I recently started studying French. I’m going to have to come back and read Siri French in more detail later! My husband has his Siri speaking Japanese. She’s pretty awesome.


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