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How to get the AI to say your acronym or initialism correctly

Acronyms can be tricky. Some are pronounced as a word (NASA), while others are pronounced as individual letters (NBA). When the AI doesn't get this right, there are a few approaches you can take.

Note: Our Respelling tool allows you to give precise instructions to the AI on how to pronounce each syllable and which syllables to emphasize.

For example, the acronym LASER can be entered as   ::LAY-zer::

Acronym as a word

If you want an acronym pronounced like a word, spell it phonetically or use Respellings to specify each syllable.

If you can’t come tonight, let me know eigh-sap.

ASAP →​ e​igh-sap


NASA was established in 1958.

NASA →​ ::NA-suh::

Acronyms as individual letters

If you want an acronym pronounced by its separate letters, add spaces or dashes between them or use a Respelling.

Add your notes to the M O M document.

MOM →​ ​M O M  or  M-O-M


BMW  is a German car brand.

BMW →​    ::BEE-EM-DUH-buhl-yoo::


I need the memo ASAP.

ASAP→​    ::AY:: ::EHS:: ::AY:: ::PEE::

Respellings for acronyms

This guide can help you respell acronyms or initialisms where each letter is pronounced individually (like ASPCA, LCD, BBC, FBI). 

A → ::AY::

N → ::EHN::

B → ::BEE::

O → ::OH::

C → ::SEE::

P → ::PEE::

D → ::DEE::

Q → ::KYOO::

E → ::EE::

R → ::AR::

F → ::EHF::

S → ::EHS::

G → ::JEE::

T → ::TEE::

H → ::AYCH::

U → ::YOO::

I → ::Y::

V → ::VEE::

J → ::JAY::

W → ::DUH-buhl-yoo::

K → ::KAY::

X → ::EHKS::

L → ::EHL::

Y → ::WY::

M → ::EHM::

Z → ::ZEE::  or ::ZEHD::