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Teach Siri to pronounce any name properly

It always irks me when Siri mispronounces a proper name. And it irks me even more when Siri mispronounces my surname. 

“Calling Lisa Luveeetus”  

“Calling Allison LeeVeeTes”

“Calling Jodie Levitt-Us”

(If you’re curious, it’s pronounced, “love-I-tis.”)

Anyway, I took it upon myself to figure out a way to teach Siri to say LeVitus properly. It was most definitely a rabbit hole, but, in the end, it was worth it. 

My solution was to edit my contact record on my iPhone, scrolling to the bottom of the record, and clicking “Add Field.” 

I added a new filed called “Pronunciation Last Name” and typed “love-i-tis.”

It worked pretty well after trying a few different pseudo-phonetic spellings, but last week I read an article at by Lory Gill, which described a much faster and easier way to get Siri to say a name correctly.   

The next time Siri mispronounces a name, just say, “You’re pronouncing the [first/middle/last] name wrong,” and you’ll see something like this:  

Listen to each option, and then tap to select your favorite.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.