How do you pronounce kilometer?

How do you pronounce kilometer?

How do you pronounce kilometer?

How do you pronounce kilometer?

Many of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program mispronounce the word kilometer.

When saying this word, they put stress on meter.

That’s sounds very foreign to the American listener!

How do Americans pronounce kilometer?

Most American born people say the word kilometer with stress on the second syllable.

The ➝ means to lengthen the preceding vowel sound.

  • kilo→meter

They use the same syllable stress pattern when they say the following words:

  • thermo→meter
  • para→meter
  • peri→meter
  • baro→meter

To sound VERY American….

Now if you wanna say these words in a very American way you have to add two additional techniques.

1. Use the schwa sound /ə/ for the vowels in reduced syllables

2. Use a tapped T sound /d/ in the last syllable

  • kəlo➝mədɚ
  • thermo➝mədɚ
  • pəra➝mədɚ
  • pəri→mədɚ
  • bɚo→mədɚ

Listen to the American pronunciation of kilometer & related words here.


You need to learn the correct syllable stress patterns!

Most of my accent reduction coaching clients, including IT professionals and scientists, never learned to speak using the correct syllable stress patterns.

Subsequently, they pronounce these words incorrectly.

When you use syllable stress incorrectly, American listeners will not immediately understand what you said!

They’ll ask you to repeat yourself.

And no one likes to do that!

I can show you how

If you’re a non native English speaker, working in IT or data science, check out my American Accent Training for IT Professionals course.

This customized training program will teach you how to pronounce IT words and phrases in a way that your American colleagues will immediately understand!

About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.