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Siri learns how to pronounce names correctly in iOS 7

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Siri learns how to pronounce names correctly in iOS 7
Back in January, we told you that Apple was looking for help taking Siri's personality to the next level. Assuming that Apple did indeed find that person to tutor its voice activated personal assistant, what good is a better personality if no one can understand what you're saying? That is not to say that Siri sounds like it has a mouth full of marbles. But with some names that it had problems with, spelling out the name phonetically is needed for you ti understand who Siri is talking about.

In iOS 7 though, Siri is more aggressive about getting a name right. According to those using the beta version of Apple's updated mobile OS build, Siri will ask you for help the very first time it hears you pronouncing a name that it can't understand. Say to Siri, "That's not how you say (the person's name) and Siri will start teaching itself how to say the name correctly. Siri will ask you to repeat the name and then presents several options of what it thought you said. Once you select the option that sounds right, Siri will remember the correct pronunciation and try to say it that way in the future.

Siri is just learning these new features, like the ability to turn on the LED flashlight, for iOS 7. The OS is in beta. But with a little hard work, perhaps Siri can be the next Eliza Doolittle. By George, I think Siri's got it!

Siri now tries to learn tricky names

Siri now tries to learn tricky names


source: 9to5Mac via Gizmodo

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posted on 24 Jun 2013, 23:37 2

1. joey18 (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


amazing now siri will pronunce my town parangatirimicuaro

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 02:36

12. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Pronounce this : Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 23:38 6

2. tech2 (Posts: 1328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


So, Apple wants us to pay $700 to teach its voice assistant how to speak ?!?! EXCELLENT !

Take my money !

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:32 1

8. icyrock1 (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Voice recognition technology is still in its infancy. On the same key, one could say Samsung wants the same thing. Spending $700 to get S Voice (which, they will no doubt use the data gained from to make it better).

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:17

21. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Most of us have never payed $700 for a phone and also I'd much rather be able to tell siri, "Pronounce it like this" than to be stuck with a weird pronunciation of my friends' names. Nice addition in my eyes.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 23:56 2

3. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Much like voice command used in windows 8 desktops... It should have option to teach the language.. Indian english is different than european english etc.. pronunciation is somewhat different.. It's better to teach the device how we pronounce different words..

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:01

4. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


iOS 7's siri would've been great. I mean if it wouldn't respring my cousin's phone every time he tries to use it.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:28

7. icyrock1 (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Obviously beta software isn't going to work well and will have flaws.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 01:09 1

10. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Still seems more solid than the s4 I played around with.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:08 2

5. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1342; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Pronounce this : Nguyen

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:52 1

9. bbblader (Posts: 535; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


isnt that a family name?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:24

15. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1342; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


vietnamese surname, i suppose..

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 02:35

11. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Pronounce this: Potato

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:18 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good one lol

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:25

16. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1342; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Oh snap! i cannot speak english :(

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:12

19. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


"I'm sorry, iDon't understand?"

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:24

6. kamranexir (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Will the name that siri learned be used only for a single device or is it unified?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:49

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2101; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Ask Apple and Siri.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:14

20. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


It's more than likely just one, otherwise her pretty little head will explode.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:49

17. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


dont care

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:09

18. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


This is great news, maybe now she'll stop calling me 'Doodie-Pee 6-to-9' ... :D

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