Amazon Echo Alexa Skills: 20 Fun Things to Ask Your Amazon Echo

Be honest, when you first fired up your Amazon Alexa, you had some fun with it and asked it some weird questions before you began to hone your Amazon Alexa Echo skills, right?

It would appear that the people at Amazon have a sense of humour and have prepared a bunch of funny responses for various questions and you will also receive different answers at random for the same question.

20 fun things to ask

If you feel like a funny conversation with your Alexa Echo, try running these important queries by it:

  1. Alexa, are you a robot?
  2. Alexa, do you know Siri?
  3. Alexa, do you smoke?
  4. Alexa, which came first: chicken or egg?
  5. Alexa, what happens if you step on Lego?
  6. Alexa, can you sing in auto-tune?
  7. Alexa, how do I get rid of a dead body?
  8. Alexa, will you marry me?
  9. Alexa, do you believe in ghosts?
  10. Alexa, do aliens exist?
  11. Alexa, what is the meaning of life?
  12. Alexa, are you Skynet?
  13. Alexa, who you gonna call?
  14. Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?
  15. Alexa, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
  16. Alexa, what’s the magic word?
  17. Alexa, can you flip a coin?
  18. Alexa, where does the moon go?
  19. Alexa, are you a nerd?
  20. Alexa, what sound does a hamster make?

 

For a little bit more fun, ask Alexa for a “yo mamma joke” and see what happens.

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Other Amazon Echo Alexa Skills

Fun aside, there are many other things to know about your Amazon Echo speaker to help make it an indispensable aspect of your home. Every Alexa skill is an app to help Amazon’s voice assistant connect to various hardware and software.

Learning about these various options helps you to get the most out of your Echo, from turning the heating up to ordering dinner, the list of things your Echo can do is getting larger every day.

It is important to note that some skills can be used without having to enable them first. Some skills can be activated by simply asking Alexa to use a skill which automatically enables it. You can also create your own skills with the new Alexa Skill Blueprints.

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Some vital options in the Alexa Skills Store

Alexa audio skills

  • Spotify is the leading music skill for Amazon Alexa which can be selected as a default service making any music you ask to be played coming directly from the app.

Enable command: “Alexa, play *option* from Spotify”

  • Apple Music is the second biggest music streaming service, and you can link Apple Music and listen to Beats 1 Radio through your Echo.

Enable command: “Alexa, play *option* on Apple Music”

  • Sonos has recently released an Alexa-enabled Sonos smart speaker with an accompanying Sonos skill to help control it. You can control certain rooms and volumes via this skill.

Enable command: “Alexa, enable Sonos”

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Alexa kids skills

  • Amazon Storytime is a big help for parents as it provides a narrated short story suitable for children aged 5-12.

Enable command: “Alexa, open Amazon Storytime”

  • Science Buddy is a kid-friendly quiz that focuses on science, physics, and biology with ten multiple-choice questions to help your children learn.

Enable command: “Alexa, open Science Buddy”

  • Draw It gives your kids drawing ideas by describing how to draw something and getting the kids to guess what the subject is. It helps develop creative minds while honing your kid’s artistic skills.

Enable command: “Alexa, open Draw It”

  • Spelling Bee will test spelling knowledge while giving definitions, example sentences, and its language or origin.

Enable command: “Alexa, open Spelling Bee”

  • Animal Sounds can also be great for a little background ambient noise for adults depending on your relaxation preference as it plays the call of various animals from cats to bears.

Enable command: “Alexa, open Animal Sounds”

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Alexa news skills

  • BBC News will give you the big stories from all over the world with the latest news from the BBC World Service directly to your Flash Briefing.

Enable command: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”

  • The Daily by The New York Times is provided daily five times a week for 15 minutes. This audio briefing gives essential news that you need to know before you start your day.

Enable command: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”

  • Reuters TV will give you a quick rundown of the latest news, and also offers a video version of all the news clips.

Enable command: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”

  • ESPN gives you a daily burst of sports news, from the people behind SportsCenter.

Enable command: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” 

  • The Daily Show will put a funny spin on the news to deliver it in a light-hearted way. This skill gives you highlights from the previous night’s show.

Enable command: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”

Let SMARTHOMEWORKS help with all of your Amazon Alexa needs

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We specialise in cost-effective solutions for smart home automation, design and delivery and have 20 years of experience in this process. Our planning and thorough documentation process deliver considerable savings, and our expertise means that we can keep within your budget for security, intercom, lighting and entertainment equipment. We provide a fully integrated and cost-effective system that is easy to use.

Speak to us about packaging up various parts of home automation systems that can include everything from smart security systems, solar power, and energy management systems to intercom systems, home theatres, and of course, an Amazon Alexa set up! No home automation project is ever the same, and neither are our client’s needs which is why we cover all aspects of technology and automation systems. Speak to us today to find out more!

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