iOS 8 has added more than two dozen new languages to Siri, but Apple isn’t standing still. As first noted by Czech blog LetemSvetemApplem [Google Translate], the voice activated personal assistant feature for the iPhone and iPad could soon start parsing queries in Polish, Czech and Slovak.

The publication has made the conclusion after uncovering a series of text strings within the ‘Localizable.strings’ file in iOS 8.1.2.

For those wondering, the file contains translated content for Siri responses concerning stuff like restaurants, sports information and more.

As can be seen on the screenshot below, put together by 9to5Mac, Czech, Slovak and Polish translations of Siri’s responses to settings toggles, restaurants and reservations and sports information is provided.

Based on Apple’s recent hirings, support for other languages could be added to Siri as well, including Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish.

Siri Checz iOS strings

9to5Mac notes that the localized strings can be traced back to at least iOS 8.1. It remains to be seen whether Apple will quietly enable support for these Siri languages on its servers, or if a software update will be needed.

In addition to 24 new languages, Siri in iOS 8 gained Shazam integration, an always-listening mode called ‘Hey, Siri’ invoked when a switch in the Settings app is turned on and the device is connected to power, among other features.

Recent patent filings have shown that Apple is looking to implement Siri on Macs (and maybe even on the Apple TV). Mac users are currently permitted to use the dictation feature which speeds up text entry by turning spoken word into text.

Apple also bought speech recognition firm Novauris last year and started assembling its own in-house team of speech synthesis and voice recognition experts who are said to be working on a proprietary technology to supplant Nuance, the provider of Siri’s voice recognition.

Source: LetemSvetemapplem via 9to5Mac

  • TheDras


  • erkut ter

    Where is Turkish yo madafakins

  • Hebrew?

    • Yarin Azulay

      לא הבטיחו הכתבה בעברית עם iOS 8.0? עד כמה שזכור לי זה אפילו זכה לפרסום ב-9To5Mac…

      באסה איתם 🙁

      • Indeed

      • Gil

        כן גם אני זוכר שאמרו.. איזה מבאסים

  • Nelson Oliveira

    Where is portuguese from Portugal PT-PT ?

    • Guilherme Ernesto Militz

      It was said that Portuguese was coming with iOS 8. But until now, nothing. From Brazil or from Portugal.

    • Keabsy

      Umas das línguas mais faladas do mundo e nem integra a Siri lool

  • Yarin Azulay


  • Damian

    Yeah Polish

  • czbird

    About time, after all these years. Wonder when they enable the iTunes Radio for us as well…

  • SBG

    Yupi yea “nareszcie”

  • Ahmed Bana

    Need Arabic! Been waiting for years.

  • Kuvir

    И где русский???

  • Martynet

    At last. I’m Czech and I’m really happy about this. I don’t mind speaking English of course as I live in Ireland but it’s a nice touch. Now we need two more Apple Stores. One in Prague and one in Dublin. Hurry up Apple!

  • Rahimo

    Woow that’s awesome; but where is the Arabic ?? and the other question is: is there any tweak that makes Siri works in offline ? for basic operations (play/pause music, call contact, tell the time …) just like the VoiceControl feature that was in iOS 4 and 5 and 6 and maybe 7 !! I have iPad 3 Wifi, iOS 8.1 !!! Please help !!

  • VictorMartino

    And yet no Portuguese, the 6th most spoken language in the world. Kudos Apple. That, along with 10x higher prices when compared to the competition here in Brazil will definitely make them sell products extremely well here. #NOT.

    On a sidenote, just a few months after the release of Google Now, it already supported 50 languages (portuguese included), it was faster than Siri, and after a little bit more time it supported all of the commands available in English in all languages. Oh and also, ANY android phone can have Google now with a custom ROM, even though most of them already have it.