Session 3

How do you say the words you see and hear in the news? In Pronunciation in the News, we take a word that's dominating the headlines and teach you how to say it like a native speaker. In this episode, we're looking at the word explosions.

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Pronunciation in the News


Police in Germany say a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team, which was damaged in a series of explosions, was targeted deliberately.

Explosions means 'sudden bursts of force, often from bombs'. But how do we pronounce the word explosions? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'explosions'?

  • There are three syllables: ex-plo-sions
  • The stress is on the second syllable: ex-PLO-sions
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ɪkˈspləʊʒ(ə)nz/

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More pronunciation work

If you want to improve your pronunciation even more, try The Sounds of English or Tim's Pronunciation Workshop.

End of Session 3

Join us in Session 4 for The Teachers' Room. Dan and Sian give tips on how to make dictation fun.

Session Vocabulary

  • Pronouncing 'explosions'

    • There are three syllables: ex-plo-sions
      The stress is on the second syllable: ex-PLO-sions
      In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ɪkˈspləʊʒ(ə)nz/