I talk with a voice assistant 小爱同学. When I ask it: 今天是几号? It answers: 今天是9月30号,周四,衣历辛丑年八月二十四。 It is difficult for me to understand this phrase. I want a shorter answer: 今天是9月30号 or 30号 or 三十.

小爱同学 is very smart. It understands commands in natural language. For example when I say 再说一遍 it repeats its last phrase. The format of the command is not fixed. You can say 刚才您说的那一句我没听清了,麻烦您再说一遍吧 and it will understand you.

I do not know how to ask another (person) to answer shorter. "Can you say it shorter?"

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    try 简单点 or 长话短说
    – sfy
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 12:52
  • You just need to understand 农历 (which you mistyped as 衣历). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_calendar. Then hopefully you can find the AI's answer quite easy.
    – Betty
    Commented Nov 1, 2021 at 5:16
  • you can say 請長話短說 or 請說重點 Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 3:44
  • "一句話總結" means summarize into one sentence.
    – jackson
    Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 12:26

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If it is indeed an A.I. machine, you can try issue the command and question together - 給我一個簡短的答覆, 今天是几月几号? Or, to be polite, add 請 to the front to make it more willing to cooperate :)

Or, try, 簡捷點, 今天是几号? 或, 簡单的, 今天是星期几? If it provides the same responses as before, the A.I. wasn't functioning/programmed too good, I would consider 開除她 :)

  • 給我一個簡短的答覆, 今天是几月几号?- This phrase is too long. I am not able to pronounce it without mistakes. Is it possible to say the same in a shorter way? Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 7:28
  • 小爱 簡單點 今天几号? 或是 小爱 別囉唆 今天几号?
    – r13
    Commented Oct 31, 2021 at 15:26

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