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asaria Level 1 Level 1

I'm pretty used to everyone pronouncing my name wrong, so I didn't really expect Siri to get it right.  However, I really don't want to have to always hear the mispronunciation whenever I use Siri.  I haven't had much time to play with it or anything, so it might be obvious, but I was just wondering if there is a way to teach her to pronounce it and how to do so. Thanks!


iOS 5, iPhone 4S
Solved by asaria on Oct 14, 2011 12:47 PM Solved
I actually figured it out - under contacts, there's a field for "phonetic first/last name." Just spell it how it sounds and Siri will get it.
  • NaviGATR Level 1 Level 1

    I'm with you.  Help Apple!

  • asaria Level 1 Level 1

    I actually figured it out - under contacts, there's a field for "phonetic first/last name." Just spell it how it sounds and Siri will get it.

  • NaviGATR Level 1 Level 1

    That seems like it should do it.  Thanks!

     

    I've added the phonetic spelling under the specific contacts, but Siri doesn't seem to want to use that.  Is there a way to force it?  Do you have to restart something?  Anyone else having this issue?

  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2

    Yeah, I add phonetic spellings too to my Contacts. But Siri is just ignoring them.

     

    Do you have to write the phonetic spellings in a particular way?

  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2

    Update: Siri is now using my phonetic spellings. I don't know what I did that fixed it (perhaps restarting my iPhone or syncing with iTunes) but it now works correctly.

  • El Deanio Level 3 Level 3
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Restarting is probably what did it.

  • plkay Level 1 Level 1

    Restarting, both hard and soft, didn't do the trick for me. Siri recognizes ONLY the phonetic spelling I entered on MY OWN contact info, but no one else's. Help please.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone
  • plkay Level 1 Level 1

    The masses seem to be saying that this feature works on ALL contacts that Siri mis-pronounces. I, and others, cannot get that to happen. The Troubleshooting link provides the following, which is genuinely ambiguous as to whether it applies to all contacts, or just "yours." Notice, it is under the main heading of "Providing Siri With User Information." It also contains a typo that says "If Siri is pronouncing a name correctly[sic] you can...." when the instructions are to help with INcorrectly prounounced names. Still waiting for an answer.

     

    Providing Siri with User Information

    Siri uses relational data from your Contact to learn about the people close to you. Information on what you can let Siri know is available in the iPhone User Guide.

    To set your contact tap Settings > General > Siri > My Info and select your contact.
    My Info

    If Siri is pronouncing a name correctly you can add phonetic first and last names to your contact entries:

    1. Open the Contacts application.
    2. Select the contact that Siri is mispronouncing.
    3. Tap "edit" in the upper right corner of the screen.
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap "add field".
    5. Add phonetic first and last names as needed.
    6. The new fields will show up at the top of the contact. You can then spell out your name phonetically to assist with pronunciation.
    7. When finished making changes to the contact, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Remember, Siri is still beta and likely has bugs.  You can report them to Apple:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

     

    My question is why you need correct pronunciations of other contacts since Siri is speaking only to you, not them, and you should know who it's referring to?

  • plkay Level 1 Level 1

    I would just like it to repeat my son's name with the correct pronunciation when I ask it to send him a text. There is some confusion I think as to whether some of us are discussing Siri UNDERSTSANDING what WE say, versus Siri beinbg able to pronounce names it says correctly. Form what is said all over the webm Siri should be able to do BOTH based on the phonetic name field entries.

  • EmoEric87 Level 1 Level 1

    "My question is why you need correct pronunciations of other contacts since Siri is speaking only to you, not them, and you should know who it's referring to?"

     

    Really? You can't imagine that I'd like the Siri to understand what I'm saying versus it correcting me about how to say my own friend's names?

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Huh? Siri doesn't "correct" you or anything,  That's completely in your mind.

  • koolcomp Level 1 Level 1

    Actually, it does work. Thank you so much for the help. I felt so annoyed when Siri pronounced MY name wrong.

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