English Pronunciation and Siri: Is it Just Me?

As with all technology, the Siri application on an iPhone is not without its glitches. In fact, in its first incarnation, many native American English speakers had problems of their own trying to get their new friend Siri to understand what they were saying. When asking Siri where the nearest Deli was, people were winding up with Apple Maps directions to New Delhi. The frustration was enough to get engineers at Apple back into the lab to fix a number of issues–how Siri hears inflection and pronunciation, and how “she” learns the speaking patterns of the individual using the phone the most.

siri and esl iphone users

Is this happening to you?

But one group of people still feel a little left out–those among us who speak English as a second language may have an accent too thick for Siri to work through. Try though you may, and as hard as Siri may work, if you’re using this Apple application in English because you’re making every effort to assimilate into American culture, you may be more frustrated than the average Apple product user.

So what can you do about it? How about working on your American English accent to improve your results with Siri? After all, there’s nothing worse than spending hundreds of dollars on something you can’t use. If you feel like your iPhone’s Siri application is collecting dust because you gave up, dust yourself off and try again. Take an online course in accent reduction to improve how well Siri can understand your English. You’ll find in most cases that practicing your American English accent will also help you in the workplace, among new American friends, at school, and in so many other ways.

“Siri, where can I go to work on my American English accent?”

Response from Siri: “Why don’t you try a free trial from PronunciationPro.com? It lasts one whole week and you’ll be on the road to being understood without having to repeat yourself.”

“Thanks Siri! :)”

Welcome to the Pronunciation Pro Supplemental Blogsite!

learn english pronunciation onlineWelcome to the Pronunciation Pro supplemental blog! This informational site will contain a number of tools, videos, and connections to our other online sources to help you on your journey through learning American English pronunciation. Everything from video posts, guest posts about learning English as a second language, answers to questions you’ve asked on Facebook and Twitter, and so much more. We will talk about English pronunciation and how to speak English with an American accent.

A little about Pronunciation Pro: Our founder and principal, Annie Ruden, is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with a Masters degree in Communication Sciences. Over the years Annie has specialized in teaching English pronunciation and the American accent, and has crafted her own workable, efficient, and unique ways to teach people how to use the correct sounds and rhythm of English.

Annie has been teaching English Pronunciation since 2007, and has helped people from all over the world learn how to speak English clearly and with confidence. This has opened doors to people that would have otherwise been closed, allowing them to get jobs, progress in their careers, and have more confidence as they socialize with native English speakers.

Annie knows that people come to the US with great ambition and hope for the future, but oftentimes, upon arriving, they often feel lonely, experience extreme culture shock, and struggle to communicate—PronunciationPro ends these complications by allowing ESL speakers the chance to learn to speak with an American accent quickly, affordably, and easily through time-tested online methods.

No matter how much English grammar and vocabulary you know, it’s tough to make things work if your pronunciation makes your English difficult or impossible for others to understand. If you’re tired of constantly being misunderstood, being asked to repeat yourself, and you’re frustrated with being limited by your pronunciation, you’ve come to the right place for help!

This blog will provide information and support to teach and train you in the areas of pronunciation training online and so much more. Please feel free to ask questions and let us know what you’d like to learn as it relates to speaking English and understanding American culture. So much of American culture comes through in the way we communicate—you cannot experience the full breadth of either without having both.

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