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 critical.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Pronunciation in the News

Critical

The UK has been moved to critical alert, the highest terrorist ranking it can face.
As the prime minister explained, that means a further post-Manchester attack may be imminent, in the view of security and police experts.

If something is critical, it means it is extremely serious or dangerous. But how do we pronounce the word critical? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'critical'?

  • There are three syllables: crit-i-cal 
  • The stress is on the first syllable: CRIT-i-cal
  • The vowel sound in the final syllable is a short shwa /k(ə)l/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l/

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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 'critical'

      • There are three syllables: 
        crit-i-cal 
      • The stress is on the first syllable: CRIT-i-cal
      • The vowel sound in the final syllable is a short shwa /k(ə)l/
      • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l/