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    Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    Siri usually does a good job when listening to native English speakers: showing correctly, though not with 100% accuracy, on screen what they say. But Siri is often frustrated by what a non-native speaker says. Here (a short video from YouKu) is such a speaker and Siri completely fails at recognizing what he says (Siri cannot even recognize him as he says "I am honored.")

    Can you recognize what the speaker says? How should he improve his English speaking?

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    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    I can follow him, but I think quite a few native speakers would find his pronunciation hard work. There's a mismatch between the standard of his English, which is good, and his speech; this is not uncommon in educational systems that focus too much on writing skills.

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    Re: Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    I did find his pronunciation very difficult to follow. It isn't just an issue for non-native speakers, voice recognition software often has problems with English regional accents as well.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    Re: Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Siri completely fails at recognizing to recognise what he says
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    Why doesn't the gerund work there?

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    Re: Siri listens to native speakers and non-native speakers

    The gerund works for me.

    I remember a story from the early days of voice recognition. It was a system used by police and it was developed in Texas. When sold to police in England, they couldn't get it to work unless they used a drawl.

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