iOS 7: Siri’s Pronunciation Training

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Under iOS 7, there's a new, much easier way to teach Siri how to pronounce the names of your contacts. To check it out, invoke Siri by holding down the Home button until you hear the beeps, and then say something like "Learn how to pronounce [contact's name]":

Siri will ask you to say the first name correctly…

…and then it'll present you with three options for what it heard.

From that screen, you can press the play button beside each pronunciation to choose the best one, and you'll tap Select to confirm it afterward. If none of the options are a very good match, touch Tell Siri again to walk through the whole rigmarole from the beginning.

Then after you've picked the proper pronunciation of the first name, Siri'll ask you about the contact's last name. You'll follow the same process as above.

When you finish with the last name, you're all done!

In my testing, this has worked pretty darned well. The only hitch I've found is that if you ask Siri to learn to pronounce someone's last name only, it'll still make you go through the steps for the first name.

I guess I can give Siri a pass on that one. I hope my magnanimity will be rewarded when the robots take over, though. 

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Good to know. 
Now is there a way to tell Siri how to spell a first name correctly (preferred spelling)?  My daughter’s name is Sara.  Siri wants to spell it Sarah.  If I use her full name it get’s it correct because it’s in my contact list.  But if I am sending a email or text message I don’t want to use her full name in the body of the message.
Any ideas?


Lee Dronick

Good tip!

Now if there was a way to teach Siri how to correctly pronounce names on a Map. My neighborhood is Mira Mesa which Siri pronounces Myra Mesa. It is not a big problem, but San Diego has a lot of Hispanic place names and more than a few Native American ones.

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