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How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying?  December 30, 2015 – 10:02 am

How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying?Dear Lifehacker,
I'm a fan of speech-recognition services like Siri, but it seems likehalf the time it has no idea what I'm trying to say. Is there some sort of trick to make it understand me better?

Sincerely,
Fluxed with Siri

Dear FS,
Used properly, Siri (Or Google Now, or any other voice assistant) can be incredibly helpful. The problem is that you need to know how to speak to them and they rarely come with instruction manuals. In some cases this is just getting used to what you can say, but you can also improve the chances it'll understand you with a few simple tricks.How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying? Here's what you can do.

Voice assistants aren't people so you can't talk to them like they are. While you can typically use natural language like "show me my calendar for tomorrow" as opposed to something more robotic like "show calendar for October 12 2013, " you still want to keep your sentences short and to the point. So, quit stalling mid-sentence, asking multiple questions at once, or saying please and thank you.

You also want to speak quickly. It's a natural tendency to speak to your voice recognition apps in the same way you would a puppy: slow and methodically. But as we've pointed out before, it's actually best to speak quickly.How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying? Speak naturally and clearly, but don't strain to enunciate your words or speak incredibly slowly.

You can also correct some things they get wrong to improve their understanding of you. On Android you just need to add in an entry for a phonetic name so it pronounces it correctly. Head into Menu > Edit, and scroll down to Add Another Field to choose a phonetic name. With Siri you have a couple options for this.How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying? You can tap any part of the speech bubble and type a correction so it learns what you're saying, or for improperly spoken names say, "That's not how you pronounce 'name'" and then follow the instructions.

Each type of speech recognition software has its own set of commands and the quicker you learn those commands the better it'll understand what you want. Once you know what you can ask, you'll be able to do things a lot quicker.

We've shown you a few of these commands. If you're using an Apple device, this list of Siri commands is plenty to get you started, and this Google Voice list is just a small sample of everything Google Now can do. The trick is learning what you can say to your voice assistant and how to say it.How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying? When you get the hang of it, they're a lot easier to use and they'll understand you more often.

While communicating with the assistant part of a virtual assistant is tough enough as it is, using the dictation function is even trickier if you don't know what you're doing. Thankfully, once you learn a few basic commands it's pretty easy.

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