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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.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Pronunciation in the News


The cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from six countries will be in place by Saturday, the government has confirmed. Passengers travelling from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia must put big electronic devices in the hold. How do we pronounce the word devices? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'devices'?

  • There are three syllables: de-vi-ces
  • The stress is on the second syllable: deVIces
  • The 'c' is pronounced /s/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /dɪˈvaɪsɪz/

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The 'devices' quiz

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More pronunciation work

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

End of Session 3

Join us in Session 4 for The Teachers' Room, where Dan and Sian give tips on how to teach intonation.

Session Vocabulary

  • Pronouncing 'devices'

    • There are three syllables: de-vi-ces
    • The stress is on the second syllable: deVIces
    • The 'c' is pronounced /s/
    • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /dɪˈvaɪsɪz/