by Dom Esposito
October 1, 2013
When iOS 6 was released, a new feature allowed you to specify a phonetic first and last name within your contacts to help Siri pronounce them correctly. In my opinion, the feature was decent, but it definitely wasn’t perfect. Thanks to a new feature in iOS 7, you can now tell Siri how to pronounce contact names correctly. Siri will listen to the way you pronounce a name, then give you a few pronunciation options based on what you’ve said. Check out our video tutorial below:
If you can’t see the above video, please click this link.If you’d like to teach Siri to pronounce contact names correctly in iOS 7, there are a few steps to follow. First, you'll need to invoke Siri and say, “That’s not how you pronounce” followed by the contact’s name. For example, in our video tutorial I say, "That's not how you pronounce Anthony Esposito." Next, Siri will ask you to pronounce the first name. Once you’re finished, you’ll need to select a proper pronunciation. Finally, Siri will ask you to pronounce the contact’s last name. After you’ve selected the proper pronunciation for the first and last name, Siri will confirm what you’ve selected by saying the name again. In the future, Siri should have no problem pronouncing the name correctly. Keep in mind, you’ll need to perform this action for each contact if you wish to change its pronunciation. Now that you’ve learned how to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly, if there’s something else you’d like to learn in iOS 7, please let us know. Send us an email with your question or comment and we might feature your suggestion in a future article. If you need a little more advice, check out our other helpful tutorials.