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How do I get the AI to say résumé? And other loanwords with diacritics.

Loanwords are words that are adopted from one language into another. Some loanwords have diacritic letters like the é in résumé.

In this article:

What are diacritics?

Why isn’t ñ working?

Why is the AI mispronouncing words in my Pronunciation Library?

What are diacritics?

Diacritics are “accent marks” placed above or below a letter in a word to indicate a particular pronunciation.

  • The current list of diacritic marks that are used in English words is here:
    • â Â à À á Á ê Ê é É è È ë Ë î Î ï Ï ô Ô ù Ù û Û ç Ç ä ö ü Ä Ö Ü ñ Ñ
    • Words using these letters are typically loanwords, such as crème brûlée, cliché, voilà, attaché, doppelgänger

If your script doesn’t heavily use diacritic words, another option would be to add the word to your pronunciation library. One workaround is to try creative spellings to create the correct pronunciation. The following examples vary by voice; one respelling doesn’t always work for all voices.

  • Rezzm-"A"
  • Rez-emmay
  • Rez-uh-may
  • Rezzm-eigh

Why isn’t ñ working?

The letter ñ is still not recognized as its corresponding phoneme is outside standard English phonetic sounds.

Why is the AI mispronouncing words in my Pronunciation library?

If you have previously added respellings to your pronunciation library that include words with diacritic marks, the AI may have a hard time pronouncing these respellings.

To avoid this, you may want to uncheck the Pronunciation toggle under Render Options or remove these entries.