Back to School Giveaway – Dragon Speech Recognition Software

Susan here with a back-to-school giveaway that will get you talking. Literally. This giveaway is brought to you by Nuance and their Dragon speech recognition software.

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I’m not typing this blog post. I’m dictating it. Yes, I’m sitting here talking at my computer. My hands are enjoying the break.

Nuance Dragon

I’m using Nuance Dragon Dictate for Mac and it’s surprisingly easy. Of course I’m still getting the hang of it and I’ll get faster as I get used to letting my voice do my typing.

Dragon is shockingly accurate. I spent a few minutes doing the voice training to teach the software my voice and now it does a great job translating my spoken words into text. The simple tutorials taught me the basics I needed to know including how to go back and edit what I have “written”.

I thought the punctuation would be really difficult, but it’s simple.

Nuance Dragon Recognition Software

The fact is we can speak much faster than we can type – even for those who are fast typists. So many people use Dragon speech recognition software to improve their productivity. Of course many people who have issues with typing for instance carpal because of tunnel syndrome, use Dragon to enable them to do work the otherwise couldn’t do.

Another fabulous use of Dragon speech recognition software is for people with dyslexia and learning disabilities. The case studies and examples of kids finding success with Dragon are so inspiring.

Watch the short video below to see how easy to use and accurate Dragon is…

I never thought I’d be able to “write” this blog post on my very first time using Dragon speech recognition software. But I am and it’s incredibly quick.

There are a few different versions of Dragon speech recognition software by Nuance available. Check out their website to find which is the right match for you. There are versions for Windows and for Mac.

Enter to Win

Thanks to the folks at Nuance, one of you will win your own copy of Dragon. Please leave us a comment telling us if you’ve ever used voice-recognition software before and if you’d like to try it. Then use the giveaway tools entry form below to enter.


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Disclosure: Nuance provided a review copy of the software and prizing for this giveaway.

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  1. ten b says

    I have never tried voice recognition software – I’m blessed to be able to type fairly well. (I had the “mean” typing teacher in high school – and I am VERY grateful for that as an adult.) If I won this, I would give it to a friend whose 9th grader struggles with writing and typing – he has slight dyslexia and some sensory processing issues that combine to make writing very difficult for him.

  2. Linda Kish says

    I had the first incarnation of Dragon Dictate. I’m sure it has improved greatly over the years. It was really frustrating in the beginning. I’d love to try this new version.

  3. says

    The only voice recognition software I’ve used is Siri. As a teacher, I’ve heard so many great things about Dragon but have yet to try it myself.

  4. Peggy says

    I have only used google voice on my Android and love it. Would love to have a software like Dragon to do the same for me on my computer.

  5. Dawn Therrian says

    It Wouldn’t let me post at first. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and i am hoping this software would help me to enjoy my life a little more rather than struggle with day to day things. fingers crossed!

  6. says

    I have not but I am ready to because when i look at my notes I am trying to remember. At least with this I can immediately begin writing my post while fresh in my brain

  7. says

    I haven’t used this kind of software, but I feel like it would take me to the next level…or at least help me speed up my current process!

  8. denice p says

    No, I’ve never used voice recognition software before. I’m interested in it as I know this would be helpful when sending in reports or assignments.

  9. Virginia Rowell says

    I have not used voice recognition before, but I would love to try it as I am in dabbling in writing.

  10. Birdiebee says

    No, I have never used voice recognition software before but certainly need it. I have trouble using my hands at times and this would be perfect.

  11. Rebecca Parsons says

    I have used it on my grandpa’s computer a long time ago and it was dragon. My niece needs this. She is going blind due to a genetic disease and this would be great for her.

  12. ACMommy says

    No, I haven’t, but I’d love to win this for my sister who is a writer who is becoming crippled from RA and other health issues.

  13. says

    Should I age myself? I tried using this type of software so many years ago. It was more dinosaur instead of dragon – LOL Back then it was awful but I have heard wonderful things about the newer versions. Typing, etc., really does bother my hands so this would stop my excuse not to write more posts – LOL

  14. Theresa Jenkins says

    I haven’t used voice recognition software before, but my daughter did about 10 yrs ago when she was going to school for teaching…now with all the bugs worked out this should be a great tool for our 5 grandkids that are here everyday.

  15. Christina G. says

    I have never used voice-recognition software before, but I’m eager to try it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. katklaw777 says

    I have not used voice recognition software before…but my Mom has arthritic hands and I bet this would be great for her…thanks!

  17. Chris Kindle says

    Used Dragon when it was in it’s earlier version, didn’t work well for me, hoping the development will make it suitable for use now.

  18. julie p says

    I have used this at work years ago. I would be interested to see how it has changed. I am sure that my daughters would love the program as well.

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