Report: Kinect Doesn't Speak Spanish (It Speaks Mexican)

According to the Spanish press, Microsoft's motion-sensing camera Kinect will not speak Spanish. It will only speak "Mexican".

At a press event in Bilbao, Spain last week, Microsoft revealed the when the peripheral ships worldwide in November, it will only ship with the capability to understand three spoken languages: English, Japanese and "Mexican".

So what, you may think, "Mexican" just means "Spanish", doesn't it? Nope. Just like English, Spanish has evolved over its centuries of international migration to leave the language spoken in Mexico City a different beast to that spoken in Madrid.

Meaning many of those in Spain will be unable to use the system's voice recognition until a "Spanish" language patch is released next Spring. A shame, but it must be more of an affront to see the language listed as "Mexican"; I'm sure even many Americans would wince to see English described as "American".

This issue also reminds us that it's a problem the English-speaking world could also face, with accents from Boston, Bradford, Brisbane and Bloemfontein differing as greatly as distinct languages.

We've reached out to Microsoft for information on other language roll-outs, and will update if we hear back.

Kinect se venderá en España en idioma "mexicano" [Elpais, via Reddit]


    I'm sure many people would be surprised to see Enlish listed as American... but I'm not sure those people would be Americans.

    Languages must be a huge barrier for MS to hurdle.
    I'm very keen to see how the Kinect software handles my Yorkshire accent with occasional aussie twang.

      It will probably have an epileptic fit a die...

    As long as I don't have to stand there shouting 'BRUUUEEEE' at it, I don't think there'll be a problem.

    I can speak fluent spanish and I'd love to try out both accents at once (I can immitate both) and see the unit go into "thinking" mode as it tries to figure out what I'm speaking.

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