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FAQ: How long does it take to train Dragon NaturallySpeaking to understand my voice?


Dragon NaturallySpeaking is renowned for being easy to install, train and use.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v7, v8, v9 and v10

  • Software installation - is complete within minutes providing the hardware specification of the machine meets the minimum specification required.
  • Create a user - Create a user profile name, select the sound source such as microphone headset.
  • Sound & quality check - select the sound source you are going to use and read aloud the on-screen passages to test the sound levels and quality output from the microphone.
  • General training - Creates personal speech, vocabulary and language models that contain data about your voice, pronunciation and use of words. These models allow the software to understand you when you speak. General training will take around 8-10 minutes depending upon how fast you speak.
  • Begin dictation - You are able to begin dictation directly after the general training has been completed.

If you are upgrading hardware or software you can prevent the need to re-train Dragon NaturallySpeaking by exporting or copying your old voice files to the new system. Details of how to do this can be found here: Copying User Files With Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

There are many variables that can influence the overall time it takes to become a proficient user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The most important factor to create maximum efficiency with the software is to correct any errors it makes as you go along. This will greatly increase the overall recognition accuracy achieved. There are various functions provided within the software which are designed to improve the recognition accuracy. Further details about these functions can be found here: How Can I Improve My Recognition Accuracy

Consistent usage of the system will increase a users speed and skills with the software.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v9 & v10

Versions 9 & 10 also provide a 'no-train' facility which allows the user to begin dictating without completing the general training section. In our experience, it is still recommend that you perform the general training exercise to maintain good recognition and accuracy levels.


Last updated: October 2011