How to pronounce ROBOT

I’ve noticed that many of you are pronouncing the word ROBOT incorrectly.

How to pronounce robot

How to pronounce robot

Here’s how we say ROBOT in American English.

RO bot (2 syllables)

Step 1. Emphasize the O in the first syllable. Make this O sound like /ow/ as in Rose.

Step 2. The sound of the O in the second syllable is slightly reduced. Make this O sound like /ɑ/ as in Olive.

Listen to me pronounce ROBOT in these sentences.

1. Amazon uses robots in their warehouses.
2. Machine learning relies on robots.


Be sure to pronounce ROBOTS like I did here if you want American listeners to understand you.

Tomorrow I’ll explain how to pronounce ROBOTICS.

About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.

Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.