Siri question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DennyL, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. DennyL macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2009
    I'm using Siri a lot and loving it to the point where I prefer to dictate emails on my iPhone than write them on my MacBook. I've learnt quite a few special commands, such as 'cap', 'new paragraph', 'Euro sign', etc. and I'm teaching myself the skill of dictating and trying always to remember to say 'comma' or 'full stop', etc.

    Does anyone know a site that has a comprehensive glossary of the special commands? I've been trying to dictate a space character but I haven't found out how to do it, if it's possible.

    I just discovered that if you say 'zero' you get 'zero', but if you say 'zero one two' you get '012'!

    I must update my signature, as I now have an iPhone 4s.
  2. southernpaws macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    i've seen a couple things around saying mostly what the previous poster posted.

    i'm trying to find a reliable way to spell words. it doesn't seem to work the same way old dragon dictation worked. which is what most people use as a reference
  3. likethesoup2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
    DennyL - this isn't really relevant to your posting (pls forgive), but I have not warmed up to Siri, and would like you to give me some pointers (for lack of a better term).

    What do you do with her (does that sound wrong?); just a few things, if you don't mind.

  4. DennyL, Dec 21, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011

    DennyL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2009
    I see using Siri as a new skill, and one improves with practice. I've heard it said as well that Siri gets to know one's voice. Does anyone know if that is true?

    I find, that now I'm using Siri, I'm sending longer texts and emails. I also use it when I need to insert a few words in an app. Generally, when I dictate a text or an email to Siri I have to go back in and edit the errors. Sometimes i delete the wrong words and say them again, trying harder to speak clearly. This often works. Siri doesn't tolerate 'um's and 'ah's, so it helps to have a sentence or two clear in one's head before speaking, and to try to remember the punctuation and capital letters. Of course there is the question of whether Siri + corrections is quicker than just using the keyboard. I think that for me it probably is, and I enjoy using Siri. I'm comfortable and fairly quick with a desktop keyboard, but never much enjoyed using the iPhone keyboard; maybe because my hands are quite large. I think now I prefer Siri to both. Generally for me it means that my iPhone competes much more strongly against my MacBook as a useful tool, even when the MacBook is open and easily available. It will be interesting to see how this works out in the future when Siri (now in Beta) has improved and it has been added to OS X, which must surely happen.

    Does Siri make Dragon Dictation obsolete, or is there still a case for using Dragon Dictation?

    Thank you Mattye for the link.

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