Many households have multiple smart devices, with each device being tagged or named to indicate the room in which it is situated. Users typically interact with smart devices via voice-based virtual assistant software that provides voice responses to spoken queries, e.g., in the same language as that of the query. This disclosure describes techniques that enable users to configure their smart devices such that the smart device always responds in a fixed language, independent of the language in which input commands are provided. Such an operation allows users to receive virtual assistant responses in a language of their choice. Similarly, users are provided with options to specify a fixed region that is applicable regardless of the region in which the device is actually located. Automatic query and/or response translation is performed to provide the responses.

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