How to teach Siri to pronounce someone's name correctly in iOS 7

How to teach Siri to pronounce someone's name correctly in iOS 7

While Siri has gotten better with each new iteration, including iOS 7, there's some things Apple's personal digital assistant needs help with. First an foremost is learning how to pronounce unusual or tricky names. Whether it's your name, or the name of family, friends, or colleagues, it's easy to correct Siri, and have it stay corrected.

How to teach Siri to pronounce someone's name in iOS 7

  1. Press and hold down the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to activate Siri.
  2. Say something that coaxes Siri to incorrectly say the name in question. For example, "What's my name?" if your name is the one in question.
  3. Now tell her she is saying it wrong, but make sure you use her pronunciation. She always says my name as "A lie" so in my case, I say That's not how you pronounce A Lie.
  4. Siri should now ask you to tell her how to pronounce it. When asked, say the correct pronunciation.
  5. Now Siri presents you with three options for the correct pronunciation. Listen to them and tap Select next to the correct one.

That's all there is to it. Siri should now remember how to pronounce that particular name. In some cases, you don't even have to coax her. If it's a name she's said wrong many times, just tell her she's pronouncing it wrong and she should ask you to help her correct it.

Remember that this may not work with all names. She still refuses to say my last name right, but at least she's getting my first name correct now. You know what they say, you can't win 'em all!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to teach Siri to pronounce someone's name correctly in iOS 7

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I always used the phrase "Change the pronunciation." Too bad Siri cannot say the 'chet' sound often used in Hebrew and Arabic names. I've tried everything.

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This is great. There are few names that Siri has problems pronouncing. This can help with that problem. Thanks for this great tip!

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I just tried this and YES it works for last names also. I asked Siri what's my last name and she always said it incorrectly. Now she has more respect lol

If only this would work for other names (E.G. street names), Siri would learn exceptionally fast if all pronunciation was user editable...at least in part.

iPhones are small portable computers which can also make phone calls. iPads are tablet computers.

Android phones are phones you can also use to post to Facebook. Android tablets are tablets that are usually used to post to Facebook.

I wish this worked for apps. Every time I ask Siri to open Due, she tells me I don't have an app called "do you."

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it doesn't work at all! after the phrase : that not how to pronounce,
she asks - ok, how do you pronounce the name
after my voice she says - sorry , i didn't catch that. could You say it again? - my voice - after that stupid siri frustrates me : - I'm sorry Vako but I'm having trouble understanding you right now.....
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN HER BRAIN?? PLEASE HELP ME..

I couldn't get Siri to correct the last name, etither. I found an easy way to fix this by editing the Contact information for the person.
Open "Contacts"
Select the person
Select "Add Field"
Select "Phonetic Last Name"
Enter the correct pronunciation.
Select "Done"
Hope this helps you.