Correct pronunciation has been one of the most sought after Siri enhancements since ’s initial launch of the virtual assistant
Siri Can Finally Learn to Speak Words Properly
User’s Can Finally Correct Siri’s Pronunciations
ios 10 includes a much desired feature update that’s received almost no press so I decided to write a short post about it. For years Siri has been mispronouncing words. Everything from proper names to plain old simple words like ‘magazine’…but there hasn’t been a good way to teach her the correct pronunciations up until now. When ios 7 first came out, Siri received a minor upgrade which allowed users to teach ‘her’ how to pronounce proper names. I guess for people with unusual names this was great! But for the other 90% of the world this upgrade was pretty insignificant. Not only that, but it wasn’t easy to accomplish! Try as I may, I couldn’t figure out how to use that enhancement on a larger scale…with regular words.
Here’s a link to a good article that describes how to teach Siri to learn to speak proper names correctly.
Who Might Benefit the Most From This New Feature?
Well certainly anyone who uses ios’es accessibility features will…especially those with visual impairments. As I’ve written about a couple times previously, I use Siri a lot to read things out loud to me. I think that this is where there’s a much larger audience for this feature enhancement.
As Apple has continued to improve Siri’s voice, making her sound more and more natural, I’ve noticed that more and more people have begun using Siri for both typing (dictation) and reading hands free. I suspect that anyone who uses tts or ‘text-to-speech’ by having their ios devices read things out loud to them will love this new feature. Nothing is more annoying than listening to Siri reading something to you and consistently mispronouncing the same word over and over again. Why do I use tts so much? It’s a great way to multi-task by getting boring chores done while keeping up with tech news, proof reading posts…you name it. It’s a feature that like Evernote, has changed my life! My husband uses Siri to read things out loud to himself while he’s driving…which is a lot! He’s slowly warmed up to Siri as her voice has grown to sound more natural…but those mispronunciations really bug him!
How to Correct Siri’s Pronunciation
Go to Settings – General – Accessibility – Speech (under the top category Vision) and scroll to the bottom of the screen to see Pronunciation.
Tap on ‘Pronunciation‘ and you’ll be taken to this screen:
Sometimes Siri will immediately repeat the word and other times you’ll need to tap on the word ‘Play‘ also in the upper right-hand corner. This is your opportunity to see if Siri pronounces the word correctly now. If she does…great! You’re all done! If she doesn’t a little tweaking might be necessary.
How to Tweak the Pronunciation
You can do this one of 2 ways…or try both if the first try doesn’t work. The first method is to try and just tap on the incorrect syllable and speak it again. It can take a couple of tries for Siri to get it…but oftentimes this method works. If it doesn’t, you can try typing in the phonetic pronunciation of the syllable. This too might take several try’s…but between using a combinations n of these 2 methods so far at least, I’ve been successful getting Siri to speak the words that bother me more accurately. It’s not a perfect system yet…which may be why even Apple hasn’t highlighted this new feature to the world yet…but it generally works for me!
Last year I wrote a short post about some of the new things Siri could do. Apple included more in ios 10. The screenshot below shows some of Siri’s new features and ways to use Siri as your virtual assistant at the website.
Here’s a link to one other good post I found that describes this new feature as well as a few more cool new accessibility features too.