Siri and Phonetic Spelling for names

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  1. sflomenb macrumors 6502a

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    In iOS 5, when I input a phonetic spelling for one of my contacts because Siri mispronounces their name, it is ignored. If phonetic spelling for Siri is used in iOS 6, is it still ignored or does it actually work?
     
  2. _bnkr612, Oct 16, 2012
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  3. SnowDX, Oct 16, 2012
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    How so? For Siri to say it to you? How would I test this? I have phonetic spelling set up for my daughter's name and no matter how I spell it, Siri will not call her, find her, etc. Siri will not interpret what I'm saying correctly.

    So, I'd like to see if Siri would use the phonetic spelling to pronounce her name, but not sure how to make Siri say it to me.

    ETA: okay, I got Siri to say it back to me by saying "call <name pronounced like Siri wants it to be pronounced>" and she now says the name properly. But I still I am not able to say it properly and have Siri find, call her, etc. I have to pronounce it Siri's way which is terribly annoying.
     
  4. dotme macrumors 6502a

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    Siri still won't pronounce it properly but should understand you when you use the word in a command.

    If all else fails, just mark her as your daughter in contacts, then tell Siri "Call my daughter"
     
  5. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    The reverse is happening for me. Siri is pronouncing it correctly now with the phonetic spelling there, but won't understand it in a command.

    Cool. Thanks! I'll go ahead and set that up as it's better than my current workaround of nick naming her Bob. :p Siri didn't understand any of her real nick names. LOL
     
  6. chazcron macrumors member

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    Good luck with anything with the word "pizza" in it. I regularly call 6 different pizza places, and invariably Siri tries to be helpful by listing the pizza places in my area instead of calling the ONE I have in my contacts list. Happens for most of the pizza places I try. I even tried a phonetic fake first and last name. Mios Pizza became "Mee Yoes" Had to drop the "pizza" because Siri tries too hard to be helpful again.
     
  7. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Put the phonetic name in the "Nickname" field. Siri does say nicknames.
     
  8. hoosiersunited macrumors member

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    Here's an issue I've been having. I switched my language from English (US) to English (UK) to try it out. Now, when I go back to English (US) it doesn't pronounce my last name (for my family members) correctly, but does so in English (UK). It's a Slavic name, so the change in language has nothing to do with it. I also have it in the phonetic spelling under contacts.

    Any ideas?
     
  9. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    I tried this and it doesn't work for me. I discovered the issue. Siri thinks I am saying a different name so it brings up my mom all the time. I changed my Mom's name to something entirely different, and Siri will now call my daughter BUT the name she initially shows me as asking for is my Mom's name. But she matches it to my daughter in contacts now since I changed my Mom's name.

    So Siri seems to be confused by "va" and "sa" even when I have the phonetic spelling listed. Grrr. If I try to enunciate it even more, she comes up with other random words not even close.
     
  10. Loralie84 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    Does anyone know any GOOD yet simple Phonetic Name Spelling converters/generators that actually work, and that someone had pronunciation success with as far as Siri accepting it goes?

    I have looked at about 20 sites today and they either don't pronounce the words correctly or in the simplistic form that Siri seems to prefer. I also keep getting those odd symbols that Siri doesn't like or work with and phonetic spelling of names by the use of other random words.

    Could anyone help me out please! I would so dearly appreciate it. My friend Sarah isn't pronounced Say-Rah as one translator stated. *rolls eyes* :)

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,

    Loralie84
     
  11. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Doesn't Siri pronounce Sarah right anyways? It's a common name, shouldn't be a problem.

    Otherwise, just spell it how you would say it. Try putting in "sare-ah"
     
  12. Loralie84 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks:) it does pronounce Mommy (yeah I call my mother mommy still in my 20s. Lol.) as Ma-Me (mammy). A lot of other words as well. I just used Sarah as a simple example:)
     
  13. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Where do you live? (country, I mean) Is this the country you are originally from? And what language is Siri set to?
     
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wait a little while longer. Ios7 allow's you to actually pronounce a name and learn it for future refrance.
     

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