Teach Siri To Correctly Recognise And Pronounce Names

Siri isn't the brightest bulb in the box, and she often misunderstands unusual words and names. Fortunately, you can teach her how to speak properly by adding phonetic pronunciations to your contacts.

How do you do this? Watch the video above or follow these instructions:

  1. Open up your uniquely named contact and tap the Edit button up top.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the contact page and find the area that says "Add New Field".
  3. From your options, choose "Phonetic First Name" (or "Phonetic Last Name", depending on which one is the problem).
  4. Enter in the phonetic version of the problematic name and tap Save.

Now when you ask Siri to recognise or say a name, she'll get it right.

Help Siri Pronounce Your Contact Names With Phonetic Spelling Hints [Cult of Mac]


    didn't gizmodo/lifehacker report this a few months ago?

      They often publish the same thing multiple times, so probably.

    Just remember: iPhones stupidly sort contacts by their phonetic spelling instead of their actual spelling. (Or at least mine still does. I'm still on iOS 5. Perhaps this is fixed now.)

    So I'm guessing this would work with any smartphone.

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