I read What is the list of commands to dictate punctuation, capitalization and line breaks?, and it says the command "pound sign" will produce a # for UK English which it does.
How do I get a £ instead?

My system language is English UK.

  • Did you try including the word sterling?
    – wbogacz
    Commented Jul 8 at 16:56
  • @wbogacz yes pound sterling also gbp, great british pound
    – WendyG
    Commented Jul 9 at 8:32

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US vs International usage

The name "pound sign" should only produce the character "#" if you use US English TTS.

Internationally, the "#" is called "number sign", "hash", or something else.

Even the Unicode Consortium decided it should be called "Number sign".

In general "£" is known internationally as "pound" or "pund sign".

System language vs Input language

  • Your system language does not decide your TTS language just like it doesn't change your keyboard layout.

  • My Samsung phone has 3 keyboard layouts and 2 TTS languages installed. I change between all of those without touching my system language.

Please check your input language settings and install both TTS variants so you can switch between them if needed.


Wikipedia: Number sign:

Wikipedia: Pound Sign:

  • Wish I knew what I changed, but I poked around this morning and now I can say 200 pounds and I get £200. but thanks input language was very helpful.
    – WendyG
    Commented Jul 9 at 8:53

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