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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

Life expectancy

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, according to a new study. How do we pronounce life expectancy? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'life expectancy'?

  • There is one syllable in life and four in expectancy: life ex-pec-tan-cy
  • The main stress is on lifeLIFE expectancy.
  • The stress in expectancy is on the second syllable – exPECtancy
  • In phonemic script, life expectancy is written like this: /'laɪf ɪkˈspektənsi/

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

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  • Pronouncing life expectancy

    • One syllable in life, four in expectancy: life ex-pec-tan-cy

    • Main stress on lifeLIFE expectancy

    • Stress in expectancy on second syllable – exPECtancy

    • Phonemic transcription: /'laɪf ɪkˈspektənsi/