How To: Make Siri Pronounce Contact Names Correctly in iOS 7

Make Siri Pronounce Contact Names Correctly in iOS 7

When it comes to pronunciation, Siri absolutely butchers my last name. Instead of pronouncing Aguilar as ah-gew-lar, my own "intelligent" personal assistant pronounces it incorrectly as ah-gui-ler.

Thankfully, Apple has added a new secret feature that allows you to teach Siri how to properly pronounce any name on your contact list, including your own.

Teaching Siri How to Say Complicated Names

If you want to teach her how to properly pronounce a name, just open up Siri and tell her, "That's not how you pronounce [name goes here]." From there, she'll give you several options as to who's name you want her to learn, if she doesn't already recognize it.

As an example, I used Marielle Escobar from my contacts. Siri pronounces the first name as Marielle, when it should be pronounced Mary-Lee, so I opened up Siri and said "That's not how you pronounce Marielle."

Siri then asks me, "OK, how do you pronounce the name (Marielle)?"

I then pronounce the name the correct way (Mary-Lee) and Siri gives me three options to choose from, all slight variations of Mary-Lee, if not exact replicas. If none of those sound correct, you can tell Siri again. If an option works, press Select.

Once you select it, Siri will ask you about the last name. You can pronounce it as well, even if it's already correct. It will then do the same thing again, giving you three options to choose from. Once you're done, Siri will say, "Great, I'll pronounce it "First Name, Last Name" and you'll be ready to go.

No more Siri massacring our exotic names.

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