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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 official.

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Pronunciation in the News


An official report has warned that victims of stalking and harassment are being left at risk in England and Wales.

If something is official, it means it has been approved by a public body, the government or someone in authority.

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How do you say 'official'?

  • There are three syllables: of-fi-cial
  • The stress is on the second syllable: of-FI-cial
  • The letters 'cial' are pronounced as /ʃ(ə)l/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /əˈfɪʃ(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.

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  • Pronouncing 'official'

    Three syllables: of-fi-cial

    Stress the second syllable: of-FI-cial

    The letters 'cial' are pronounced as /ʃ(ə)l/

    In phonemic script: /əˈfɪʃ(ə)l/