Shortly before today's iOS 7 Beta 2 was released, one of 9to5Mac's readers found that iOS 7's Siri has the ability to correct pronunciations for names.

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Previously, getting Siri to properly pronounce names required a user to edit the "phonetic name" for a contact and manually adjust the spelling until Siri pronounced the name the correct way. Now, as 9to5Mac notes, a user can simply say "pronounce [insert name here]" to put Siri through a simpler name pronunciation learning process.

Within that process, Siri will ask the user to pronounce the name and then present a couple of pronunciations based on how it heard the user. The user is then prompted to select a pronunciation, which Siri will from then on attempt to use when saying the name in question.

While the feature was in iOS 7 Beta 1, it's unknown at this point whether there have been improvements in the recently released Beta 2.

Top Rated Comments

BillyBobBongo Avatar
109 months ago
Previously, getting Siri to properly pronounce names required a user to edit the "phonetic name" for a contact and manually adjust the spelling until Siri pronounced the name the correct way. Now, as 9to5Mac notes, a user can simply say "pronounce [insert name here]" to put Siri through a simpler name pronunciation learning process.
You can do this in IOS6 too...
Sometimes it helps to read the article.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
109 months ago

Siri has been learning a lot lately.. but she tends to mumble and sometimes she says off the wall things that don't make since.

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Oh, the irony!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
caligomez Avatar
109 months ago
What Siri desperately needs is a way to differentiate one language from another without having to strictly accept one at a time. There are many bilingual countries (and users) that have have to constantly use different language words in the same sentence.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
negativzero Avatar
109 months ago
Siri totally fails at Asian names. This is going to be real useful when I go handsfree.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alia Avatar
109 months ago
This is great news! One reason Siri irks me is that she can't pronounce my name at all, and it grates.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Drunken Master Avatar
109 months ago

I live in Taiwan, trust me, 王 is 王.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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