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How do I get the AI to say my acronym correctly?

Acronyms (or individual letters) may need to be spelled phonetically to get the right sound.

Some acronyms are pronounced as a word (NASA), while others aren’t (NBA). Sometimes the AI gets this right, but when it doesn’t, try one of these approaches:


Note: The first iteration of our respelling tool allows you to give precise instructions to the AI on what sound each syllable should make and which syllables should be emphasized.

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

Acronym as a word

If you want an acronym pronounced like a word but the AI is spelling it out, spell the acronym like a word 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 spelled out but the AI is pronouncing it like a word, add spaces
between the letters, or you use a Respelling.

Add your notes to the M O M document.

MOM →​ ​M O M


BMW  is a German car brand.

BMW →​    ::BEE-EM-DUH-buhl-yoo::


I need the memo ASAP.

ASAP→​    ::AY:: ::ES:: ::AY:: ::PEE::

Respellings for Acronyms

When you need to respell an acronym or initialism, where each letter is spoken as itself (ASPCA, LCD, BBC, FBI), use this guide to help.

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::