My Echo with ‘Alexa’ inside did arrive today.
It was easy to set up and connect to my home wi-fi network. There is a companion app for one’s phone that actually provides a trail of one’s voice interactions with ‘Ms. Alexa’.
Alexa does not have answers for every question (of course), and she does not speak Afrikaans or German (yet). Once or twice while she was playing music I had to raise my voice and ‘yell’ at her to stop. (The command is ‘Alexa, stop’.). But it’s great to have a voice-activated radio, music player, shopping list assistant, to-do list assistant, and kitchen timer.