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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 confidential.

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Chelsea Manning, the US soldier who leaked confidential documents to Wikileaks, is due to be released from prison.

If something is confidential, it means it is something 'secret, particularly in military and business contexts'. But how do we pronounce the word confidential? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'confidential'?

  • There are four syllables: con-fi-den-tial
  • The stress is on the third syllable: con-fi-DEN-tial
  • 'tial' is pronounced as /ʃ(ə)l/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˌkɒnfɪˈdenʃ(ə)l/

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

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  • Pronouncing 'confidential'?

    • There are four syllables: con-fi-den-tial
      The stress is on the third syllable: con-fi-DEN-tial
      'tial' is pronounced as /ʃ(ə)l/
      In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˌkɒnfɪˈdenʃ(ə)l/