OPTIONAL: Preaching with Alexa

7 simple steps to boost your speaking skills instantly


IMPORTANT

A | If you can find the Amazon Alexa app in your app store, you only need your smartphone and the free Alexa app (links below). There's no need to buy any other device from Amazon then.

B | The sG Preaching skill is currently only available in all major EN-Amazon stores (India, Australia, UK, USA, Canada) as well in the German one. We are working on making it available for all 89 countries to which Amazon ships its Echo devices (>>> see this article for more information <<<) but you might have to get your hands on such a device if the app is not available in your country. The article above describes how. You only need an Amazon Echo Dot which is the cheapest of them all.

C | If neither the app nor the device are available, try https://echosim.io/welcome or https://reverb.ai. The former is a bit sluggish but much better than nothing. Feel free to share you experience with me so that I can optimize this tool.


INSTRUCTIONS

0 | Download the "Amazon Alexa" App for free in your app store here:

- iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620?mt=8

- Android: https://www.amazon.de/Amazon-com-Amazon-Alexa/dp/B00P03D4D2

1 | Make sure to enable (!) the sG skill by logging in here and by clicking ENABLE.

2 | Change your device (!) language to German. That can't be done in the Alexa app. It has to be done in your device's language settings.

3 | Start the skill by saying: "Alexa, starte smarter German." (The word "Alexa" might not be necessary if you are using the app instead of an Echo device)

4 | Go back to the previous lesson where I explain the basics of Preaching.

5 | Work through that lesson and take notes! Some things that I say in the videos might not apply to you IF you work with an Amazon Echo device. If you are in doubt, simply ask me via the comments.

6 | Initially, Alexa will welcome you in DE and EN language and start with lesson 1.1. Make sure that you have that very same lesson in front of you on your computer/mobile device's screen.

7 | Read and listen closely to the sample preaching and, when it is your turn, repeat the shown pattern with help of the triggers that you can read from the screen.

08 | Play around with the commands below. Don't worry about losing track of where you were in the program. You can always go to any lesson by saying: "Alexa, gehe zu Lektion 7."


Try out these commands

Here are some things you can ask Alexa to help you with your Preaching. You can hear me saying them out loud in the promo video at the bottom. You might have watched it already but if you watch it again with this task in mind it will be worth watching it again. If you listen carefully to my commands you can learn the proper pronunciation quickly, I'm sure. "Unfortunately", Alexa for now only understands German commands. But don't despair. You can do this:

  • noch einmal - once again || Repeats the trigger word or the last sentence
  • Hilfe - help || Tells you a sample sentence that fulfills the preaching
  • überspringen - skip || In case of a dialog preaching, will skip your part of the dialog, otherwise will move to the next trigger
  • Nächster Trigger - next trigger || Skips trigger, move to the next one
  • Gehe zu Lektion 7 / Öffne Lektion 7 - go to lesson 7 / open lesson 7 || Starts lesson 7 (or any other) from the beginning


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