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I commonly swipe downward from the top of my iPhone screen to listen to Siri read the page displayed (enabled under Settings / General / Accessibility / Speech / Speak Selection), or I tap-hold and highlight text then choose "speak" from the contextual pop-up menu (enabled under Settings / General / Accessibility / Speech / Speak Screen).

I also commonly hear Siri mispronounce symbols, shorthand, and miscellaneous words. For example:

  • "2018-10-19" (ISO-8601 date format) should be spoken as "two thousand eighteen, ten, nineteen", not "two thousand and eighteen to two thousand and ten minus nineteen".
  • "w/" should be spoken as "with" (or at least as "double-u slash") not simply as "double-u".
  • "/" should be spoken as "slash", not simply ignored.
  • "---" should be "horizontal break" or "triple-hyphen" or anything, not simply ignored.
  • "jean" should be spoken as the English noun "jean", not the French forename "Jean".

I've tried adding rules to Settings / General / Accessibility / Speech / Pronunciations, to no effect (even after quitting all apps and rebooting).

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  • iOS 12
  • iPhone 8
  • Notes app, Twitter app, Gmail app, etc

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