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I love using my iPhone to dictate long emails, first drafts of documents, and such. It does such an amazing job and I can capture my thoughts quickly.

Unfortunately, a lot of the work I do is associated with accounting periods but however I say "period", it always puts the full-stop punctuation.

Is there a way to get it to actually spell out "period"? I end up having to use a word that will not be in the final text (penguin) and then do a search and replace at the end.

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  • Try saying "literal period". – Nimesh Neema Dec 5 '18 at 14:08
  • Doesn't work in my iPhone 6s, running iOS 12.1. – Kevin Buchan Dec 5 '18 at 14:18
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    Use British English as dictation language? – Redarm Dec 5 '18 at 15:00
  • True, that would work. I figure there must be a way to do this without having to change the language... also, I don't necessarily want words such as "color" to be spelled "colour" and I really don't want to have to say "full stop" instead of "period". – Kevin Buchan Dec 5 '18 at 16:12
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    Oh, I didn't say or mean to imply that Siri is learning. All I meant to say is that Siri can use context (meaning the other words in the sentence) to better guess what I'm saying and what form of a homophone I mean to use. You suggestion is very cool and I'm exicited to use it for some things, but it really isn't practical in this case because I cannot use a "shortcut" as part of a sentence, I have to say it by itself... that's even more cumbersome than using a single word I bulk-replace later. Try it... say, "I got a new dog. I knew that was the breed for me." Siri gets it. – Kevin Buchan Dec 10 '18 at 18:07
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I have the perfect solution, and it goes as follows.

  1. Create a new contact with the first name of what you want to be dictated, as you want it dictated exactly. (e.g. Contact first name "period" without the quotes.)

  2. Down at the bottom select add new field and add the phonetic first name field.

  3. Go back up and type out the phrase you'd like associated with the word. I like to use the word "literal" space then the word. (e.g. "literal period")

  4. Force quit all apps. and reopen the one you are using to dictate to.

  5. make a new sentence and say the phrase "literal period" and you should now get the word "period" in the sentence instead of "."

To conclude, this works for EVERYTHING. Proper Names, fantasy/sci-fi content, technical terminology, etc.

  • Wow. It's unfortunate that the new Siri Shortcuts don't support this type of solution, but your suggestion works PERFECTLY. I have tried it and I can't even trick it into messing up. Thank you... see you later. – Kevin Buchan Jul 24 at 15:57
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You are so correct. Dictation around this is really bad and the algorithm seems highly skewed to always prefer punctuation.

  • That movie was a very nice period piece.
  • Even the period penguin trick is problematic. (although the idea of an accounting penguin makes me surprisingly happy)
  • The periodic table of elements is often punctuated.

Reading any of these will get you lots of dots. Anecdotally, I feel my iPad Pro (the new one with the A12X) and the iPhoneX and newer have better dictation than any Mac or older iOS device, but reading the three sentences above - several times, slowly, in a low noise environment makes me think most people aren't going to be getting the word period when they want it while dictating in 2019.

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