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! :)”

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