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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.

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Pronunciation in the News

Unicef

Syria's children "hit rock bottom" in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children's organisation says. At least 652 children died - 255 of them in or near a school - last year, a 20% jump from the number killed during 2015, Unicef said. How do we pronounce the word Unicef? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'Unicef'?

  • There are three syllables: un-i-cef
  • The stress is on the first syllable: UNicef.
  • The 'u' is pronounced /juː/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈjuːnɪsef/

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  • Pronouncing 'Unicef'

    • There are three syllables: un-i-cef
    • The stress is on the first syllable: UNicef.
    • The 'u' is pronounced /juː/
    • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈjuːnɪsef/