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Oct 16, 2011, 04:27 PM
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Many of the voice commands (http://isource.com/2009/12/09/some-tips-for-dragon-dictation/) for Dragon Dictation also work in Siri's Dictation service on the iPhone 4S. The new speech-to-text service allows users to press a microphone on the keyboard in any application and then utilize Siri's speech recognition to enter text.

Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has made an extensive list of commands (http://blog.crushapps.com/2011/10/more-fun-with-siri-dictation/) that Siri's dictation service understands:
"new line" - move to the next line
"all caps" - make the next word all uppercase
"all caps on/off" - turn caps lock on or off
"smiley" or "smiley face" or "smile face" - :-)
"frowny" or "frowny face" or "frown face" - :-(See Rhoades' post on the Crush Apps blog (http://blog.crushapps.com/2011/10/more-fun-with-siri-dictation/) for the full list of Siri dictation commands.

Article Link: Extensive List of Siri's Dictation Commands for iPhone 4S (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/16/extensive-list-of-siris-dictation-commands-for-iphone-4s/)



tazinlwfl
Oct 16, 2011, 04:36 PM
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Still expirementing with Siri... Loving it so far. Better than dragon dictation for messages, hands down.

mrsir2009
Oct 16, 2011, 05:07 PM
If you say 'I'm being sarcastic' will it come up with: :rolleyes:

NightFox
Oct 16, 2011, 05:19 PM
I'm sure Siri has got a dark sense of humour - On my own I can chat away for ages with it understanding everything I say with such accuracy it's incredible. However, as soon as I try to demo it to anyone like my wife or an Android owner, you can bet that all I'll get from it is "I'm sorry Neil, I don't understand 'spleen longboat curry'"

inigel
Oct 16, 2011, 05:27 PM
I'm sure Siri has got a dark sense of humour - On my own I can chat away for ages with it understanding everything I say with such accuracy it's incredible. However, as soon as I try to demo it to anyone like my wife or an Android owner, you can bet that all I'll get from it is "I'm sorry Neil, I don't understand 'spleen longboat curry'"

I found that too, but then I realised that when demoing Siri, I would change the tone of my voice. When I am using it privately I use a more natural voice.

It is weird trying to force myself to talk to it naturally when other people are around!

Caliber26
Oct 16, 2011, 05:30 PM
I guess I can see why so many people are excited about this. Personally, though, I don't see myself using the speech-to-text feature very often (if at all) because it drives me crazy that it fails to include punctuation. I'm way too OCD about periods and commas.

LastLine
Oct 16, 2011, 05:34 PM
Personally I'm just sat being told there's no network connection at the minute :(

essrow
Oct 16, 2011, 05:34 PM
I guess I can see why so many people are excited about this. Personally, though, I don't see myself using the speech-to-text feature very often (if at all) because it drives me crazy that it fails to include punctuation. I'm way too OCD about periods and commas.

I'm the same exact way. But you can use the words "comma", "period", "question mark" etc. and it will listen!!!!

MrCrowbar
Oct 16, 2011, 05:49 PM
I'm the same exact way. But you can use the words "comma", "period", "question mark" etc. and it will listen!!!!

You get used to it (provided you know the basics of punctuation). When I read a badly written sentence, I can always hear the commas in my head. Most adults can't use punctuation correctly or differentiate between there, they're, or their. Don't they teach how to read and write in schools in the US?

At least in Germany, we have an excuse; they changed the spelling rules a couple of times within 10 years or so. Some teachers write the very old way, some insist on an already outdated version of the "new" orthography, some go back and forth depending on their mood. Every year you get a new teacher and are required to write differently. And in primary schools, they now teach kids to write as they hear it. Then they have to forget all that and learn the right way in 4th grade.
It's a total mess, even newspapers are not spelling right at all. I wonder how correct the German Siri will spell out words. The Mac dictionary was pretty modern so far.

Stella
Oct 16, 2011, 05:52 PM
So these are 'reserved words'- how would you 'escape' them so they appear as words in their own right i.e., "i have to dash now"?

RobDee
Oct 16, 2011, 06:05 PM
So these are 'reserved words'- how would you 'escape' them so they appear as words in their own right i.e., "i have to dash now"?

Interesting problem! I have tried different ways to get round this. No luck so far...

maddin4j
Oct 16, 2011, 06:18 PM
I am in the UK but I my english is american and not british. I cannot use the "period" command but have to use "full stop". It's quite annoying. I have set the language in the settings under Siri to US English but it still doesn't work.
Does anyone know how I can change that?

lapis
Oct 16, 2011, 06:20 PM
saying "Cap word" gives you Word.

Also, quote cap word closed quote = "Word"

thomamon
Oct 16, 2011, 06:20 PM
Awesome, I figured out Smiley face on my own. But it is good to know all of the other ones!

lapis
Oct 16, 2011, 06:22 PM
This whole thing feels exactly like trying to convince people to write college papers directly on the computer instead of handwriting it on a notepad and "typing" it on the computer. It's going to take a bit for people to get used to "talking" their thoughts, but when they do, they won't go back.

RobDee
Oct 16, 2011, 06:24 PM
I wonder, will txtspk disappear?

Xenc
Oct 16, 2011, 06:55 PM
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This is all caps awesome new paragraph I'm really liking Siri so far exclamation point!!

pensoftware
Oct 16, 2011, 06:58 PM
Most adults can't use punctuation correctly or differentiate between there, they're, or their.

Can Siri tell the difference?:
"There." (in reply to a request, "Can I have a sammich?")
"Their's." (in reply to a text, "Is it our's or their's?")
"They're." (in reply to a text, "Are they going to the concert?")

Also, those ascii smiley faces are dead awful. This isn't the 90s anymore!

I wonder, will txtspk disappear?

Soon people will forget how to talk normally....
"Hey comma do you want to the concert this weekend question mark"
"Sure exclamation point I'm not sure if I have enough money comma though dot dot dot" (speaking of which, does "dot dot dot" work? Or do you have to say ellipses? Or can you only say "period period period"?)

Xenc
Oct 16, 2011, 07:01 PM
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So these are 'reserved words'- how would you 'escape' them so they appear as words in their own right i.e., "i have to dash now"?

Can't figure out a way around this yet, despite my efforts.

French
Oct 16, 2011, 07:05 PM
Can Siri tell the difference?:
"There." (in reply to a request, "Can I have a sammich?")
"Their's." (in reply to a text, "Is it our's or their's?")
"They're." (in reply to a text, "Are they going to the concert?")

Also, those ascii smiley faces are dead awful. This isn't the 90s anymore!



Soon people will forget how to talk normally....
"Hey comma do you want to the concert this weekend question mark"
"Sure exclamation point I'm not sure if I have enough money comma though dot dot dot" (speaking of which, does "dot dot dot" work? Or do you have to say ellipses? Or can you only say "period period period"?)

Dot dot dot works. Results in ...

mrxak
Oct 16, 2011, 07:25 PM
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I'm dictating this message right now. I have to admit it's pretty good. I do wish I can figure out how to do escape characters and words though. Also if I talk too quickly, I find it has trouble figuring out where I have one word end and another word begin, for hilarious phonetic results.

nvdhassani
Oct 16, 2011, 07:40 PM
I've had the 4S for one day and used Siri for a lot of task and text diction.

I made a site for Siri. I figured everyone could post their Siri answers on there. Still working process but I already got couple of post.

humblesiri.us (http://www.humblesiri.us)

anberlinairlift
Oct 16, 2011, 07:57 PM
I know this is kind of off topic... but does anyone know for a fact why Apple didn't make Siri compatible with the iPhone 4? It doesn't make sense to me, considering that the 4 and the 4S both contain 512MB of RAM. Is it purely because of the A5 processor in the 4S?

pensoftware
Oct 16, 2011, 08:26 PM
I know this is kind of off topic... but does anyone know for a fact why Apple didn't make Siri compatible with the iPhone 4? It doesn't make sense to me, considering that the 4 and the 4S both contain 512MB of RAM. Is it purely because of the A5 processor in the 4S?

I heard that there could have also been licensing issues to get them on the iPhone 4.

Ashyukun
Oct 16, 2011, 09:29 PM
One thing that I noticed is missing from the list that I found out about because I use it a LOT (probably far more than I should... :P) and that's ellipsis- say, "I shouldn't use so many of these ellipsis" and Siri will 'type' "I shouldn't use so many of these..."

One thing I haven't figured out yet- how to make Siri NOT interpret those commands (like 'period') as the punctuation symbol and use the word itself. For example, I don't know how I could have composed this using Siri because every time I'd say 'ellipsis' it would replace it with '...'

aberrero
Oct 16, 2011, 09:42 PM
I know this is kind of off topic... but does anyone know for a fact why Apple didn't make Siri compatible with the iPhone 4? It doesn't make sense to me, considering that the 4 and the 4S both contain 512MB of RAM. Is it purely because of the A5 processor in the 4S?

It's probably because they don't have enough server capacity to handle all the iPhone 4 owners on Siri. Most of the work is done by Apple's servers, not the phone.

If they allowed all the iPhone 4 owners to use Siri it would take 3 times as long for it to respond. I'm sure they're working on upgrading their servers now, SIri is still in beta after all.

Note that this is just speculation on my part, but it makes sense. Apple could also just be greedy.

uhclem
Oct 16, 2011, 10:05 PM
I've used Naturally Speaking for years, so I know that there are times when it's very handy to be able to spell a word (or acronym, or whatever) that you know won't be recognized.

But I can't find anything about doing it in Siri.

I'm assuming the function isn't available. Does anyone know for sure?

pensoftware
Oct 16, 2011, 10:09 PM
I've used Naturally Speaking for years, so I know that there are times when it's very handy to be able to spell a word (or acronym, or whatever) that you know won't be recognized.

But I can't find anything about doing it in Siri.

I'm assuming the function isn't available. Does anyone know for sure?

Can't you just say "Y A D A"? For acryonyms that form a word like "DARE" you can just say "caps dare".

uhclem
Oct 16, 2011, 10:15 PM
Can't you just say "Y A D A"?

Nope. It returns it as "Why a P a".

In NaturallySpeaking, you can just say "Spell", pause a half a beat, then spell the word. When you pause again at the end of the word, it assumes you've left spelling mode.

A lot of Googling hasn't turned up any clues.

pensoftware
Oct 16, 2011, 10:24 PM
Nope. It returns it as "Why a P a".

In NaturallySpeaking, you can just say "Spell", pause a half a beat, then spell the word. When you pause again at the end of the word, it assumes you've left spelling mode.

A lot of Googling hasn't turned up any clues.

If it isn't implemented now, I'm sure Apple will release a Siri update that fixes both escaping commands as well as new features such as spelling a word.

EDIT: What would be a really cool feature is if it used changes in volume to signify automatic capitalization. Or if you yell into your phone with an angry tone then it would automatically capitalize the whole thing.

ladeer
Oct 16, 2011, 10:52 PM
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This is amazing. I just tried:

I spoke "I just had my period"
Siri typed "I just had my period"

I spoke "I just had my period period"
Siri typed "I just had my period."

I spoke "I want to go period"
Siri typed "I want to go."

!!!

Supa_Fly
Oct 16, 2011, 11:06 PM
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Can't figure out a way around this yet, despite my efforts.

I have a thought. Why not say "Scratch That" or "Scratch all of that" to escape out? Maybe 'cancel last command' ??

if not the above maybe it'll spark an idea for you to come up with the right answer.

pensoftware
Oct 16, 2011, 11:20 PM
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This is amazing. I just tried:

I spoke "I just had my period"
Siri typed "I just had my period"

I spoke "I just had my period period"
Siri typed "I just had my period."

I spoke "I want to go period"
Siri typed "I want to go."

!!!

Try, "I hate you comma period."

Isidore
Oct 17, 2011, 03:19 AM
Try, "I hate you comma period."

Not being American, I say full stop not period. Saying "I came to a full stop (pause) full stop" produced

I came to..

On the other hand, saying

"I was driving along when suddenly the engine seized and I came to a full stop."

Leaving no gap between the two full stops gave:
I was driving along when suddenly the engine seas Andy came to a full stop.

Well the system is only up and running for a few days and it's already better than the Newton. :-)

jouster
Oct 17, 2011, 06:26 AM
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Can't you just say "Y A D A"?

Nope. It returns it as "Why a P a".

In NaturallySpeaking, you can just say "Spell", pause a half a beat, then spell the word. When you pause again at the end of the word, it assumes you've left spelling mode.

A lot of Googling hasn't turned up any clues.

"Spell" doesn't work? What about "letters"?

jouster
Oct 17, 2011, 06:29 AM
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I know this is kind of off topic... but does anyone know for a fact why Apple didn't make Siri compatible with the iPhone 4? It doesn't make sense to me, considering that the 4 and the 4S both contain 512MB of RAM. Is it purely because of the A5 processor in the 4S?

I heard that there could have also been licensing issues to get them on the iPhone 4.

Licensing issues? With whom? I thought the iPhone 4 already worked with Nuance and Dragon Dictation, and Siri is obviously part of Apple.

Mike Oxard
Oct 17, 2011, 06:54 AM
Not being American, I say full stop not period. Saying "I came to a full stop (pause) full stop" produced

I came to..

On the other hand, saying

"I was driving along when suddenly the engine seized and I came to a full stop."

Leaving no gap between the two full stops gave:
I was driving along when suddenly the engine seas Andy came to a full stop.

Well the system is only up and running for a few days and it's already better than the Newton. :-)

What happens if you say "I came to a full stop period" ?

Detlev
Oct 17, 2011, 07:03 AM
Hazaa! Maybe the collective writing skills of the iPhone generation will rise now that they will have to know the terminology for punctuation.

Either that or every paper turned in, article written, and text sent will have that awkward run-on feel that every so often you get when the diction software doesn't quite understand that hey, I had a side thought there for a second, and that could have, if not would have been placed in a set of em-dash to separate it from the rest of the sentence. :D

Les Kern
Oct 17, 2011, 07:27 AM
What happens if you say "I came to a full stop period" ?

"I eat Martha"

Digitalclips
Oct 17, 2011, 07:45 AM
Can someone ask Siri if she knows Newton? ;)

mroddjob
Oct 17, 2011, 08:31 AM
;) winky,
*sniggers*

twcarlson
Oct 17, 2011, 11:55 AM
Can Siri tell the difference?:
"There." (in reply to a request, "Can I have a sammich?")
"Their's." (in reply to a text, "Is it our's or their's?")
"They're." (in reply to a text, "Are they going to the concert?")


"Theirs" and "ours" actually have no apostrophes...English is stupid. Compare this to the classic "its" vs "it's" problem.

douten
Oct 17, 2011, 11:56 AM
I'm still trying to figure out how to make Siri type out actual numbers like 3, 4, etc. I tried 'number three' but it's still just text. Does anyone else know how?

atari1356
Oct 17, 2011, 01:12 PM
Woo! I made the MacRumors iOS blog. ;)

I updated the list (http://blog.crushapps.com/2011/10/more-fun-with-siri-dictation/) today with a few additional commands from suggestions made by people on Twitter and here.

bhouser
Oct 17, 2011, 03:57 PM
If only it supported Borgonyms (http://www.livefreeorscream.com/2011/coining-a-term-borgonym/?utm_source=webforum&utm_medium=webforum&utm_campaign=macrumors)...

pensoftware
Oct 17, 2011, 08:33 PM
What does Siri transcribe/reply with when you ask, "Siri, make me a sammich."

xxp84
Oct 18, 2011, 12:36 PM
Hazaa! Maybe the collective writing skills of the iPhone generation...

I find it humorous that you say that while misspelling "Huzzah" as apparently a derivative of the early 2000s filesharing program "KaZaA"! :p

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"Theirs" and "ours" actually have no apostrophes...English is stupid. Compare this to the classic "its" vs "it's" problem.

Better: Just like with "its," all the possessive pronouns in English (theirs, ours, yours, its, his, hers) take no apostrophes.

Some of our rules are silly, but at least that one's internally consistent, if not congruent for the rules for other possessives.

smithwales
Oct 26, 2011, 06:47 PM
Before I ask my wife to change the spelling of her name, has anyone found a solution to spelling a word letter-by-letter? Siri WILL call her from my contacts even though she is listed as Tami, and not Tammy, but voice to text only comes up Tammy.

Himmat
Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM
One thing that I noticed is missing from the list that I found out about because I use it a LOT (probably far more than I should... :P) and that's ellipsis- say, "I shouldn't use so many of these ellipsis" and Siri will 'type' "I shouldn't use so many of these..."

One thing I haven't figured out yet- how to make Siri NOT interpret those commands (like 'period') as the punctuation symbol and use the word itself. For example, I don't know how I could have composed this using Siri because every time I'd say 'ellipsis' it would replace it with '...'

If you say "ellipsis," you will get "..." If you say "ellipses," you will get "ellipses." In the case of your sentence, "I shouldn't use so many of these ellipsis", you are referring to plural ellipses (not, plural "ellipsises" or singular "ellipsi" or "ellips"). Therefore, if you would have (properly) said "I shouldn't use so many of these ellipses", then you would have achieved your goal.

Sorry for being snooty.

xaviila
Apr 20, 2012, 08:11 AM
It is possible to spell a word for Siri by saying 'no caps on','no space on', (spell word), 'no caps off', 'no space off' (say remaining text).
See this youtube video demonstration of the spelling commands:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMNLV-qeou4&context=C452fdefADvjVQa1PpcFPlygiU16zs4u9O2B4opzagY1D93LW2eus=

I hope Apple will soon improve the spelling feature as I find it a bit more complicated than it should be. I used Dragon as well and found the spell correction commands much better.

phyzics101
Apr 20, 2012, 09:48 AM
I love Siri. I still don't use her enough as I should.

dmi
Apr 21, 2012, 03:06 AM
"Hey comma do you want to the concert this weekend question mark"
"Sure exclamation point I'm not sure if I have enough money comma though dot dot dot"

Victor Borge Phonetic Punctuation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bpIbdZhrzA)

RMendez0213
Feb 14, 2013, 11:04 PM
Just say "comma" and "period" and it'll catch it. You can also say "dash" for "-", backslash and forward slash for "\" and "/", begin quote and end quote, and colon. I'm still trying to figure out parenthesis lol.

I guess I can see why so many people are excited about this. Personally, though, I don't see myself using the speech-to-text feature very often (if at all) because it drives me crazy that it fails to include punctuation. I'm way too OCD about periods and commas.

Caliber26
Feb 14, 2013, 11:17 PM
Just say "comma" and "period" and it'll catch it. You can also say "dash" for "-", backslash and forward slash for "\" and "/", begin quote and end quote, and colon. I'm still trying to figure out parenthesis lol.

I think it's freakin awesome that you just replied to something that's centuries old. I thought I was the only one who did that. And thanks for the tip...I finally figured it out, LoL. :)

The Bogeyman
Feb 15, 2013, 03:00 AM
Hmmm. The UK Siri does not understand "period" for this ".". Anyone know what to say in the UK to make it do it? I've tired to say "full stop", or "stop", but Siri simply writes the word.

PantherCreek
Feb 15, 2013, 04:05 AM
You can also say ampersand for one of these '&'

- I tested out Siri with some sentences that I thought would stump it, but Siri got both of these sentences correct.

"Meet me after third period for lunch (period) We can get something to eat (period)
-To see if Siri knew when I wanted punctuation or if I was referring to a class period.

"What are they doing over there with their toys (question mark) they're driving me crazy (period)"
-To see if Siri knew when to use, there, their, they're

PantherCreek
Feb 15, 2013, 04:27 AM
Hmmm. The UK Siri does not understand "period" for this ".". Anyone know what to say in the UK to make it do it? I've tired to say "full stop", or "stop", but Siri simply writes the word.

Try saying "dot" see if that works for you.

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Just say "comma" and "period" and it'll catch it. You can also say "dash" for "-", backslash and forward slash for "\" and "/", begin quote and end quote, and colon. I'm still trying to figure out parenthesis lol.

It should work if you say "open parenthesis" and "close parenthesis"

The Bogeyman
Feb 15, 2013, 04:58 AM
[QUOTE=PantherCreek;16851182]Try saying "dot" see if that works for you.[COLOR="#808080"]

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Thank you. I will give it a bash and see what happens.