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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 sacked.

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Pronunciation in the News

Sacked

President Trump has sacked the head of the FBI, James Comey.

If you are sacked, it means you've been 'removed from your job'. But how do we pronounce the word sacked? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'sacked'?

  • There is only one syllable: sacked
  • 'ck' is pronounced as /k/
  • The 'ed' past ending in sacked is pronounced as /t/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /sækt/

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Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

The pronunciation quiz

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Check what you know about the pronunciation of 'sacked'.

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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 'sacked'?

    • There is one syllable: sacked
      The letters 'c' and 'k' combine and are pronounced as /k/
      The 'ed' in sacked is pronounced as /t/
      In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /sækt/