My language settings are only set to English, but my iPhone speaks certain emoji (like 🙆‍♂️ and 💁‍♂️) in a Japanese accent when I select them in a message and tap Speak. Can anyone explain? Here's a visual example of what I see when I select mixed words and emoi:

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  • What happens if you select just the text, or just the emoji? Mar 1, 2018 at 12:52
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    Hi @MattSephton. It appears that this oddity no longer occurs. My only guess is that it was a bug in that specific version of iOS. 🤷‍♂️
    – jsejcksn
    Mar 1, 2018 at 17:40

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It's possible you have a non-English language selected in Speech settings?

Choose a voice for Speak Screen and Speak Selection

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. Enable Speak Selection or Speak Screen, or both. Select Voices. Choose the one voice and dialect you would like both Speak Screen and Speak Selection to use.

Ref: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT202362

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