How to train your Dragon (NaturallySpeaking)

Last Update: March 25, 2018

I had previously tried the dictation software that comes with Windows 10 but it was absolutely hopeless at understanding my Aussie accent. I also tried Google Docs and that was no good either. Neither of them could understand the word 'affiliate', which is a word I think I'll be using a lot.. And they didn't appreciate it when I shouted at them.

Long story short, today I bit the bullet. After Kyle writing about dictation software I decided that I would have a go at using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

When I checked prices I discovered that is because I'm in Australia they want to charge me in Australian dollars. But most of my online income is in US dollars so my PayPal balance had enough money in US dollars but only $50 in Australian. I clicked on Nuance's ad in the Google search results to get the prices in US dollars.

I wasn't sure if I wanted the home version or the premium version so I did some Google research and decided that if I was going to buy it I might as well get the real deal. I opted for the premium version.

As I went through the buying process I saw a tiny little line saying to enter a promo code if I had one. I didn't have one. Perhaps I could Google this and find a promo code. A few clicks, and a bit of exploration and I found the Facebook page where I could get a huge discount.

So I clicked on the button which took me back to the Nuance WebSite. The purchase at the discounted price had been added to the cart so all I had to do was remove the original purchase item and proceed with buying the premium version at the discounted price.

It took ages to download the installation program so I left the computer to its own devices and went out and had dinner with my daughter and grandson.

When I returned I installed dragon NaturallySpeaking and started learning how to use it. And learning how to train my dragon. But I think the dragon is training me. Hmmmm!

This is pretty much my first successful experience with writing a post (or anything) using dictation software. I've had to make a few corrections as we went along but all in all I'm very happy with my new purchase. And my Dragon knows how to spell 'affiliate'.

Are you using dictation software?

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PatsyC Premium
Hi Marion, nice to hear that it's working for you.

I saw Kyle's post and another similar one from Craig (Labman).

I can't afford to buy anything until I get sales so I took note of it for now, and also the Google Docs add on which is on our computers that Craig mentioned.

I haven't tried Google Docs yet but will soon!
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DarleneB Premium
Thanks so much for the info on Dragon. I've tried Google Docs but wasn't impressed with it. You mentioned to someone that you'll write a new post once you've trained your dragon a bit more. I'll wait until then to see what you think of it. You also mentioned that you can use it on a mobile phone. That would be really handy for me. Once again, thanks for sharing.
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smokeywins Premium
In the past, I had considered using dictation software, but after my cancer treatments, I don't speak like I used to. Words get stuck in my head, and it seems I now type better than I speak. I'm hoping that things will get better in the future, but who knows. Glad to hear that Dragon is working out well for you.
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Steven-A Premium
Great review. Dragon is the oldest and probably the best product out there. I still like typing. For now.

Funny anecdote: While doing a school district technology plan in West Hartford, CT a few years ago I was interviewing a group of 6th graders. One little boy earnestly asked me:

Why do I have to learn cursive writing when I'll be using a computer and why do I need to learn to type when I'll be talking to my computer?

Sometimes it's hard to argue with the logic of a kid..... :)

Thanks, Marion. Have a great weekend.
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MarionBlack Premium
You can't argue with that :D
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Steven-A Premium
well I argue about the cursive writing because it creates neuro pathways in the brain that can't be created any other way. But on the typing, he had me.
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buffetearns Premium
I know about dragons, just from years of experience!

I know how Windows 10 feels with that Aussie accent, I can only empathize with it! It must be very difficult for it cope day in and day out with requests for Foster's, 4X, XXXX, Castlemaine, didgeridoo doo.......! Lol

I am sure you would slap me if you had longer arms Marion!

Congratulations, a few members are dabbling with voice activation lately.

Just a pointer, did you intend for it to come through in Chinese Language?

It's difficult to understand so my response is improvised a little. At least I can interpret Chinese dragon talk from an Australian accent.

Thanks for the post, a success story! Enjoy!

Wayne
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, if you can't spell 'beer' then write four Xs (XXXX).

Dang it's Cantonese and I wanted Mandarin. I wonder how the Dragon will cope if I get my grandson to talk to it in Japanese.
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buffetearns Premium
Lol!

I was dreading your reply, I thought you going to give me such a telling off for my cheek!

Mandarin, you like fruit as well? Just my humour! I think it’s mainly mandarin spoken where I am at the moment.

Good luck with the chatty thing, have fun!

Wayne
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MarionBlack Premium
Isn't it amazing that the software can translate from Aussie English to the most appropriate language based on your geolocation.
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buffetearns Premium
It is! There’s lots of things that amaze me with technology!

Wayne
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