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Well, we take our names personally.

Some of us more than others.

I have really enjoyed Siri. I’ve asked Siri to do things for me like make a call for me while I was driving. This keeps my eyes on the road where they need to be. Siri has created Reminders for me and iCal events and played requested songs. Just like you see on the commercials, Siri is a real convenient treat to have. The only thing I didn’t like about Siri was it’s pronounciation of my name. Siri buthered it just like most people do on a daily basis.

I have little patience for that. I mean, really, there has to be a way for “my own talking phone” to pronounce my name correctly. And there is, actually several ways to pull this off.

First option: you can just tell Siri what to call you.

On one iPhone commercial a young adult tells Siri to “Call me Rock God.”

  • To tell Siri what to call you, first activate Siri by holding down the home button and wait for the beep.
  • Say “Call me ____.”
  • Fill in the blank with whatever you want Siri to refer to you as.
  • This can be your name or anything else.
  • Siri will reply “From now on, I’ll call you ____. OK?
  • Reply “OK.”

Siri will then update the nickname field of your contact info with this name. This is also how your name will appear when Siri types out your name.

I wasn’t too trusting of this since Siri couldn’t pronounce my name correctly in the first place, I didn’t want to give Siri creative license to spell it.

Another option is to manually create a nickname for Siri to call you. Within Contacts you can add a Nickname field yourself and enter the desired moniker.

The option I used was also within Contacts. The option to add the Phonetic field. This way, you can spell a name phonetically and actually play with it, just in case you need to mold how Siri pronounces it. My total satisfaction was achieved when I placed hyphens between the syllables. Otherwise Siri seemed to run the syllables together.

 

 

 

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