pronunciation of word Emoji

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iOS and iPadOS

Since updating to IOS 11.3 using an iphone 8, the word emoji is no longer pronounced correctly and is pronounced extremely strangely. This is a small but annoying problem so wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing the issue. I went into the pronunciation settings and changed the pronunciation and applied it to all apps and when I play the sample, it pronounces it correctly. However, it is still not working when I type the word into a message, when I hear the word in App notifications and when I tap the emoji button to select an emoji in a message. Any thoughts would be appreciated.



Submitted by chris R on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

For me, using UK english Daniel, emoji is now pronounced correctly in Ios 11.3. IE "eem-oagi" as opposed to "emma-g". Perhaps this is a British thing but I consider the new pronunciation to be the correct one.

Submitted by Dave Matters on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Coming from an iPhone 8+ having the same issue, your post was annoyingly funny. I am running Samantha, enhanced, and having the problem.. My old 6s+ is fine. Fred on my 8 is fine. No, I am not willing to listen to Fred. So, I turned off the VO suffix announcement, and suffer through ...It is just annoying the way it breaks up the speech.
Dave ...

Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I didn't think it true, but I'll be dangued. It seems to be saying "een-moya-tini-onu-jee" or something fairly similar. I repeated it with Samantha reading at 20% rate, kind of brutal at that speed. I too use Samantha, but the compact version. It's funny as hell to hear her repeat the word, but hopefully it will be corrected in a future update.

Submitted by cool cat on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

English Canada here. It's saying what #3 has described.

Submitted by Kareem Dale on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Thanks for all the responses. Appreciate them. I guess the real issue is why the pronunciation setting function isn't working to have the word pronounced like I want. I'll check with Apple accessibility and then I suppose just report the issue.

Submitted by Sean Terry on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I’m using the iPhone ate with Alex as my voice. I’m having no issue with the pronunciation of emoji.

Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, April 12, 2018

I am using an iPhone 7, and the U.S. Siri female voice. I too have the crazy mispronunciation.

Submitted by DrummerGuy on Thursday, April 12, 2018

I'm also having the same issue.
I am using an iPhone X with the new Siri voice American accent. I am sure it will be corrected in the next update. At least, I hope so. LOL.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Thursday, April 12, 2018

I heard about this for the first time yesterday <a href="">in this audio clip</a>. It seems that only US English Vocalizer voices are mispronouncing the word. So if you still want VoiceOver to speak a US accent, you can use Alex, Fred or Victoria with no problems.

Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Friday, April 13, 2018

I sent an email to and got a reply:
Thank you for your email. We appreciate the feedback and wanted to let you know that Apple is currently investigating this issue. We cannot comment on when it may be resolved.

Submitted by chris R on Thursday, April 12, 2018

Having switched to the Samantha voice to test this I can confirm that this is a rather big pronunciation bug.
Listening carefully, she is saying "eemoiapeaneonnoji", that is "eemoia-pea-neon-oji"! Wow!
Uk english is definitely fine.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Friday, April 13, 2018

I thought it was just me!! I even reset my ipad (soft reset), and it didn't fix it. It is a little off-putting, but I'm learning to live with it. Glad to know that I'm not crazy!! lol

Submitted by Luke on Friday, April 13, 2018

Lol, I signed onto the forums just now to post about the same exact problem! Let’s all make sure we email Apple accessibility. I’m sure this will be an easy one for them to correct

Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Friday, May 25, 2018

Just thought I would check with others. Now I don't know what the heck happened, perhaps it was 11.3.1 or maybe it just fixed itself, but I find that the word "emoji" is being read by voiceOver correctly now.

Just wondering if others have noticed the change?

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, May 25, 2018

Using iPhone 7, current iOS and Tom voice. Noticed this for several months when I was sending a text to someone and wanted to add an image.