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Extensive List of Siri's Dictation Commands for iPhone 4S


Many of the voice commands 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 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 for the full list of Siri dictation commands.

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Posted: 36 months ago
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'"
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
If you say 'I'm being sarcastic' will it come up with: :rolleyes:
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Posted: 36 months ago

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!!!!
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Posted: 36 months ago

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!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
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.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago

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.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
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"?
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Posted: 36 months ago
Awesome, I figured out Smiley face on my own. But it is good to know all of the other ones!
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Posted: 36 months ago

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.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
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.
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