Correct pronounciation of name/ add words to Siri's vocabulary

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    Siri doesn't say my name correctly. How do I fix this?

    How do I add vocalizations of names/jargon?
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    You can't. And Siri is still in Beta. So the code can be changed at any time.
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    I was hoping it was a little less beta than that!

    As is, having a lot of people in my life with non-standard names, and words I no longer remember are jargon, it will be pretty worthless for anything of substance until it is more mature. Oh, well, early adoption has its drawbacks.

    Thanks
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    Go into your contact info and adding a field at the bottom (once you've hit "edit"). You can add a phonetic spelling of your first and/or last name. You might have to tweak it, but she'll use that instead of her current pronunciation. Good luck!
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    OK, I've added the phonetic for my surname, in the area of contacts that has "names" like Friend and Assistant. This is not the "bottom" but I didn't think you meant below the address area. Can you now be more specific about how to "tweak" it? How will the Siri software know to pick that field? and how can I apply it easily to all members of family with the same surname once I get it working for me? She pronounces it just the way those telephone support people in Asia do--it's annoying because in the grand scheme of life and death, it's the only thing that's truly mine and I will take to the grave with me. I'd like it to be right while I'm here.
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    I'm not sure it works for anything but your own name... I could be wrong, though. By tweaking, I simply mean changing the phonetic spelling until she gets it right. you might add multiple "e"s, or try spelling something "eyer" vs "ire", making your name multiple "words", etc.

    Keep us posted on your progress! (metrakay, you too -- any success?)
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    I too have a difficult to pronounce last name. I tried many times to spell my name phonetically, but it still
    pronounces my last name the original wrong way.

    To update phonetic spelling, go into the contact you want to edit, hit edit, go to bottom of page, click add field and you will find the phonetic spelling boxes for first and last names. Unfortunately, it doesn't make Siri pronounce it
    any better. It could just be mine name she has a mental block for :)
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    I guess I'm an idiot. For me, there is no "bottom of the page" connected to phonetic information. However, when I select "Add Field" from the "Card" menu in Address Boook Version 5.0.3 (883) (Snow Leopard 10.6.8), I see "Phonetic First/Last Name" as a choice at the top of the pop-up list. I added these items. Now, how do I force Siri to "say" or "pronounce" my last name? And for those members of my family (in my Address Book) who share this surname, how do I get Siri to learn their names are the same? Add phonetic infor for each contact?
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    I, for one, am absolutely shocked that Apple would release anything that is in "Beta" with a shipping product. Seems like they were really grasping for something to make the iPhone 4S stand out; sort of how Google included "Navigation Beta" with Android 2.0

    Google shipping a beta, however, is nothing unexpected. I still cannot believe that Apple included beta code in iOS5 for the 4S.
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    I can give one very solid reason for this. Siri is a learning system. Which means it needs tens of thousands of different humans to use the product across the planet to build up its AI. You can not due that with only beta testers. You need to have it in the field and have people opt in to using it.
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    I cannot get Siri to pronounce my last name correctly. No matter what I enter in the phonetic field she always pronounces it the exact same, incorrect way. I can change the pronunciation for other contacts/friends no problem. What gives?
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    What's your last name?


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    It's "Michaleski" She always says "Mitch-aleski", when it should be pronounced "Michael-eski"
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    I hear your annoyance! I have a tomtom that says "chair...al calling when in fact my wife's name is Cheryl. *wonders if Siri would pronounce it like that*


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    As long as we're revealing last name details, here's mine:
    My surname is Spydell. Pronounced, surprisingly enough, spy dell
    not spu duhl

    Did Siri come from Asia? I thought it was a child of DARPA. Every overseas Help Desk person is incapable of pronouncing the word "spy" (what does that say about them?) and equally frustrating, to me and to that German farmer who originated the children's song about his family, is that they cannot recognize the simple word "dell."

    How would you pronounce "spydell?"
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    (Laughs out loud) to me it's spy dell


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    Forum app's been fixed!

    This helped a lot. Thanks!

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    It still can't tell the difference between "Dad" and "Dan" or any variation of "Power off iPhone"... I keep expecting it to respond to its name rather that having to push a button. --"Siri, send a text to Dad"
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    There is a way to push siri to pronounce your name right but you will have to misspell your name to make it happen, play with the sounds combine vowels in different spots until you get it yo sound the right way, but the down side will be that your name will appear wrong on your text message but Siri will read it right. You can't get both now while siri is on beta. you decide.
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    No you shouldn't have to do this. There is a separate field in contacts to allow you to spell names phonetically So that Siri can pronounce them properlly. While I've made this work for other contacts it doesn't seem to work or my name. Siri will only pronounce my name the same incorrect way no matter how I spell it. :/

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