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My brother is getting gradually blind from diabetes and I want to help him setting up his phone (Samsung S6) with Google Now so he can voice-control it.

Apparently Google Now can only talk back if you set the voice language to English only. In Danish, everything is half-baked. For example, with English as the only language enabled in Now, I can say "What time is it?" and have Now speak the time. If I add Danish, it still understands the command, but it just shows a google search with "What time is it". It doesn't matter if I ask in Danish or English, it just performs the search.

Likewise, with English only, I can say: "Please text Michelle" and it will respond "What's the message?". I then say the message and it will ask if I want to send it now or change it etc. In other words, you can have a dialogue with Google Now.

Not so if I enable Danish. I can still say "Please text Michelle" (or the corresponding phrase in Danish) and it will prepare a message. But I will have to enter it manually and then press send. I cannot continue with voice commands.

My brother has no problems interacting with the phone in English, but without adding Danish to the voice language, he will have to stick to English text messages to all his friends and acquaintances which seems pretty awkward. Also, without Danish, it is almost impossible to ask questions involving Danish place names, like "What's the weather in Århus".

Is there a way I can make Google Now understand Danish without loosing functionality?

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Firstly, my best wishes for your brother.

As for your question. My phone is in English. But I set the Google Now to understand both English and Turkish. Please note, Google Now itself is in English. But it understands Turkish commands too. I believe the very same can be done with Danish as well.

At Google Now, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. Voice
  3. Languages

From there, choose Danish.

In my phone it looks like this: Default Primary: English(US) Others: Türkçe(Türkiye)

P.S: Google Now decides what language it should be based on your phones language settings. So in order to make the app in English, your phone too must be in English. Since your brother has no problems with that, I don't think that'd be a problem.

  • Teşekkür ederim cevabın için! Apparently it depends on the language. If I enable Turkish as a secondary language, it works as expected. I can talk to my phone in both English and Turkish (yes, I do know some Turkish!) and it will talk back to me. If I enable Danish as a secondary language, it understands my Danish commands but does not talk back to me. But English doesn't work either except in a few cases. Strangely enough, if I both enable Danish and Turkish as secondary languages it works better, though not quite good enough. – marlar Mar 8 '16 at 23:03
  • Can you in make a dialogue with Now in Turkish? Such as "Please text Michelle" after which Now will ask you what to write etc (like I described in my question)? – marlar Mar 8 '16 at 23:06
  • @marlar Rica ederim! Yes, I can give commands like "Whatsapp aç" "marlar ara" "İstanbul'a nasıl gidilir?" – SarpSTA Mar 9 '16 at 8:04
  • What I mean is if you can have a continous dialogue. If I (using English only) ask it to send a text message to someone, it will ask what to write and wait for my input. I can then dictate the text and it will ask to send now or change the text. I'll just say "Please send now" and it will say "Ok, I have sent the message". I don't have to say "Ok Google" during the continued dialogue. Is that possible for Turkish? In Danish I can give one-step commands like "Please text Michelle" and it brings up a screen where I can enter the text using the touch screen. But the dialogue stops there. – marlar Mar 9 '16 at 8:30
  • @marlar Hmm I just checked it and no, it does the same what it does in Danish. – SarpSTA Mar 9 '16 at 8:36

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