I can’t get the AI to say a specific word, number, or acronym the way I need it to sound. How do I get the right pronunciation?

The AI is generally very good at predicting pronunciation.

A few things can trip it up: unfamiliar or rare nouns (such as company names, loan words from other languages, or specialized terminology), homonyms (read vs. read), acronyms, and numbers.

Here are some best practices for adjusting pronunciation. Make sure you add your adjusted word to Pronunciation on the left main menu bar.

For a shorter word, try spelling the word the way it sounds. For example, edamame sounds best when you enter edamomay.

For a longer word, try breaking it up by syllables, then change the syllable that isn’t sounding right. For example, acromioclavicular sounds best when you type “a chromio clavickular” (including quotation marks).

For acronyms

If you want an acronym read as a word but the AI is spelling out the letters, write the acronym like a word. For example, if you want ASAP to be read as a word, write eigh-sap.

If you want an acronym spelled out but the AI is reading it as a word, add spaces. For example, in the sentence, “Add your notes to the MoM document,” you would enter MoM with spaces between the letters: M o M.

For numbers:

Just like real voice actors, AI voices need cues to understand if a number is a reference number, a value, an address, a dollar amount, a year, etc.

For example, the number 1246 can be a reference number, a page number, or a year. You may need to spell out symbols and use spaces between numbers to help the AI make accurate predictions. If you want it to read as “twelve forty-six,” type 12 46.

If it should be “one two four six,” type 1 2 4 6. With dollar amounts, write the words in the order they are read: $14.50 sounds best as 14 dollars and 50 cents.