How to use Pronunciation Editor?

We know how important it is to have correct pronunciation for your commercial and business endeavours, so we’ve upgraded our Pronunciation Editor to allow you even more control. This feature now allows you the option of using phonetic characters to correct or improve on the pronunciation of any word for any language. This can be essential for accommodating words with non-typical spelling, fictional place names, or unique given names.

From the Library, click on ‘Pronunciation Editor’ from the left side panel. Depending on the voice, you can either use Word Substitution or Edit Phonemic Characters. All voices work with Word Substitution, but not all are able to use the Edit Phonemic Character option.


Word Substitution

After navigating to the P.E. settings, click on ‘Word Substitution’. Here, you can add, modify, or delete entries.

Click ‘Add’ to add a new entry. Select the voice you’re currently using so you can test out how well it’ll read your adjusted settings. Some voices may read text differently from others so be sure to test with the intended voice you will be using.

Under ‘Source Word(s)’, enter the word or phrase you want replaced. Under ‘Substitute Word(s)’, enter the word or phrase you want to replace it with. This is just simple word substitution so the voices will simply try to read text entered out phonetically based on the language that particular voice is designed for. You may need to adjust the spelling until you get the results you want and you can listen your results by clicking ‘Play’. When you’re satisfied, click ‘OK’ to save.


Edit Phonemic Characters

Select voices support using IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) characters for the P.E. settings. From the P.E. page, click on ‘Edit Phonemic Characters’.

Just like with Word Substitution, you can add, modify, or delete entries here. Click ‘Add’ to create a new entry.

The word or phrase you want replaced goes under ‘Source Word(s)’. Then, enter the transcription of how you want that word/phrase to be pronounced using IPA. You can also click on ‘Phonemic Chart Keyboard’ to open an IPA keyboard in a new tab to help you with your transcription.

Click ‘Play’ to listen to your results and when you’re done, click ‘OK’ to save.


*P.E. settings are case-sensitive, so you may have to make additional entries for capitalized/non-capitalized versions of a given word.

*Guy, Donald, Barry, Andrew, Jessa, Carole, Felicia, and Erica cannot be modified using the Edit Phonemic Characters option.

*If you need help transcribing with IPA, dictionaries usually include IPA or search the word on Dictionary.com. There are also other online resources that can transcribe for you like toPhonetics.