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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Quick Tips: Learn the Military Alphabet



Sometimes while using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you may need to spell out a word or may need to dictate an abbreviation

 In those cases, you will need to spell out the letters after switching Dragon into the spell mode. Since speech recognition programs often understand the spoken word from the surrounding context, their accuracy reduces when the user is spelling out the letters separately. Additionally, Dragon may find it difficult to interpret similar sounding letters. For example, for me, 'P' and 'T' are not properly interpreted. So instead of just saying the letters, I say the military equivalent  (i.e. the NATO alphabetwhich is 'Papa' for P and 'Tango' for 'T'

Memorising the military alphabet will greatly improve your productivity. At the very least, you should learn the military alphabet equivalent of similar sounding letters.You can draw a list of the letters that you have trouble making Dragon recognise and then learn the military equivalent of that.

Initially, I had found it useful to take a printout of the  NATO alphabet and paste it near the monitor. It took me about a month and a half to memorise and use it without having to pause and remember the right word to use. An added bonus was that I was able to spell out any words clearly when I was giving my personal details like address et cetera over the phone.

I hope this helps you become faster at using Dragon Naturally Speaking.

If you have any tips to share, do share it in the comments section below.

About Dragon NaturallySpeaking:

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the most popular speech recognition software on PC. Dragon Dictate / Dragon For Mac is the counterpart of Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Apple Macintosh computers.

Windows:
At the time of writing this blog post, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Individual 15 is the recommended version for most users. However, I continue to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking premium 13) (approximately $100) because of version 15 incompatibility with Natlink. If your needs are limited to email and web surfing, then you may just want to purchase Dragon naturally speaking home 13 (about $ 50) .

Mac:
Dragon professional for Mac is the recommended version (costs around $ 300) .

You can download the appropriate version directly from the company's web store from the links below. (They usually run discounts once every month  so you can be on the lookout for the deals from the online store and purchase accordingly)



  Dragon for Mac 5

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